It is only fitting that the Social Action Committee should start its work in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our community is struggling. We need not recount here the misery that this terrible natural disaster has wrought in the lives of each one of us, our families, friends, colleagues, and members of our community. And the fact that we have not been able to gather in person to worship together and share our stories has been a loss to many of us. And so it is for many others in our city and around the state and around the world.
As Temple has created several opportunities to engage with each other in ways that are meaningful, other congregations across Louisiana are also bringing their members together online. It is in that spirit that the committee has begun its work. For the first project, the Committee has chosen to participate in the work of Together Louisiana, an organization which brings together many inter-faith congregations and non-profit organizations to work on issues of critical importance to our families. The current work of Together Louisiana is to ascertain the nature of those issues, many which are deep and long standing, through conversations occurring within, and/or across congregations. Together Louisiana calls this project “10,000 Conversations.” We now turn to you, offering an opportunity to act by participating in these conversations.
You are invited to participate in an hour (or so) facilitated conversation with 6 to 10 fellow Temple Sinai members and friends, to speak your truth about the pressures on your family and community and to listen deeply to others. Choose Thursday, September 10, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM or Sunday, September 13 from 4 to 5:30 PM. Register in advance for the zoom call at:
Once on the call we will divide into breakout groups of 6 to 10 people.
We will be especially listening for the concerns you bring that you have passion to do something about with other people and that are actionable. After the High Holy Days we will have more “virtual house meetings,” expanding to meet across racial and religious lines with a partner congregation or two. If you would like more information, feel free to reach out to committee members hlowenburg@gmail.com or 1luz.m.molina@gmail.com
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at a House Meeting.
Luz Molina
Chair, Social Action Committee