Wyoming Interfaith Network Resolutions, Edited 2018

On Sacred Ground:  We of the Sacred Ground Team do what we can, right where we live, to conserve the land and honor the web of life. We persistently network throughout Wyoming with others who care about the environment; provide resources from our interfaith partners on earth keeping; and host various educational, networking, and outreach events about honoring and conserving the earth.

2019

Endangered Species Resolution

  • Whereas the Earth is God’s Creation, its care entrusted to humankind, and
  • Whereas out of Earth’s estimated 8 million species, the amphibians (40%), corals and
    marine mammals (33%) and insects (10%) are in immediate (a few decades) danger of
    extinction, and
  • Whereas of forests, particularly tropical forests (home to more than half Earth’s
    terrestrial species) 32% have been lost in the last century and a half due to industry and
    industrial agriculture,

Resolved, that the Wyoming Interfaith Network affirm and support all responsible measures for the preservation and flourishing of known endangered and threatened species, in particular those whose extended natural habitat includes Wyoming.

‘Let the many coastlands be glad!’  (Psalm 97:1  NRSV, ESV)

Water Quality Resolution

  • Whereas the Earth is God’s Creation, its care entrusted to humankind, and
  • Whereas water supplies, in the form of lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and particularly
    underground aquifers, are directly impacted by fossil fuels extraction processes, and
  • Whereas numbers of fossil-fuel leasing / drilling permits in Wyoming have increased in 2019
    (to 9 April) by approximately 42,500, involving potential degradation of at least 303,000
    acres, half of that permanently; and as experience shows around 50% of lease sales
    are actually developed, multiple human activities requiring clean fresh water
    (especially municipalities, irrigation, fisheries, and recreation – a major Wyoming revenue
    industry – are thereby severely threatened,

Resolved, that the Wyoming Interfaith Network affirm and support all responsible measures for implementation of highest water quality preservation standards according to the best science available, as well as for long-term water quality restoration throughout the state of Wyoming.

  • Support congregations in greening churches, such as efforts to reduce consumption rates
  • Educate congregations to conserve ecological integrity of sacred ground in Wyoming, like the Red Desert and grasslands
  • Promote an energy future of nonrenewable and renewable energy sources like photovoltaic, solar, wind, safe nuclear, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric to mitigate climate change and diversify Wyoming’s economy
  • Educate congregations surrounding the unsustainable rate of population growth and rapid decrease of creation's capacity to feed, clothe, and shelter the current human population (7.5 billion) and the additional 2.5 billion people expected by 2050.
  • Advocate for: responsible development; groundwater monitoring and protections; holding developers accountable for pollution; workforce protections; and adequate funding for family planning services in Wyoming

For Peace and Justice:  We are one family, whatever our nationality, ethnicity, faith community, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever or whoever they may be. We envision a society that promotes human dignity and the capacity of all individuals to learn and grow, a society which is supportive of all peoples. In a society that is troubled by deepening divisions amongst us, politically, economically, socially and morally, as a moral duty we advocate for and stand in solidarity with the most oppressed of those among us. We speak for those who have no voice. We advocate for and with the poor, with prisoners, with people of diverse backgrounds, people of all types and persuasions, with the underserved and disenfranchised, and with all those who are left vulnerable by society. Therefore, we support systems, causes, actions and laws that lead to the fulfillment and accomplishment of these objectives.

  1. Oppose discrimination and support equality regardless of religion, color, race, national origin, age, disabilities, gender identity, or sexual orientation
  2. Promote and advocate for an immigration system that doesn’t discriminate against immigrants because of their countries of origin, helps keep families together, offers a path to citizenship for DACA individuals, supports admission of a reasonable number of refugees to the U.S. and generally shows compassion and understanding for all immigrants
  3. Promote the mental health and behavioral health of children and adults by fostering connected, supportive, equitable and compassionate communities that are knowledgeable about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and how to prevent related risk factors through enhancing the five protective factors: parent resilience, social connections, social support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development and social and emotional competence of children and adults.
  4. Seek to alleviate child poverty and hunger, two issues which are inherently intertwined, by supporting anti-poverty efforts to require a living wage for workers currently living below the poverty line, and supporting child hunger alleviation programs. WIN should partner with existing programs and support other organization’s efforts to achieve these goals. By partnering with existing programs, WIN can make a significant difference in the lives of children and vulnerable adults.
  5. Support juvenile justice reform for incarcerated juveniles to be separate from adults, for a separate juvenile court system and for treatment alternatives to incarceration. The State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice is the lead organization put together by the state, and WIN should endeavor to partner with them in support of juvenile justice.
  6. Support ethics and transparency in government, including electronic recording of votes for the state legislature.
  7. Intentional listening, learning and caring conversation with the Native American peoples of the State of Wyoming, with the express intent of fostering understanding of Native American issues and how the Wyoming Interfaith Network can stand in solidarity with our Native American neighbors, while respecting Native American cultures, lifestyles and spirituality.
  8. Begin a partnership with the Northern Arapaho tribe by meeting with the tribe’s own organizations, by visiting their reservation in person, and working with the tribe on issues including drugs and alcohol, learning about and understanding historical and generational trauma, and generally how to be advocates for the tribe socially and politically.
  9. Support hate crimes legislation in Wyoming, so as to recognize the seriousness of offenses where a person or property is harmed in a way that affects a class of people.
  10. Provide churches and community groups with tools to enhance practices and policies to become more welcoming, diverse and inclusive of all people.

For Spiritual Life: The family of faith, represented in the Wyoming Interfaith Network, contains a broad diversity of denominations and variety of beliefs, yet within our diversity we persistently seek unity.  Our ethical systems, while centered upon love of God and neighbor, also have distinct differences.  In the midst of these differences we seek to honor each individual’s conscience, and in the spirit of mutual respect for each unique tradition, we therefore affirm the following:

  • Support religious liberty and the ability to exercise one’s rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.
  • Public policy should not unnecessarily impose or give privilege to any one particular viewpoint.
  • Support public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.
  • Seek to advance religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects mutual respect and affirmation toward the diverse and independent faith traditions that make Wyoming strong.