January 23, 2019

Melanie and I went to the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP) Lobby Day yesterday. The Rev. Pam Philips, from the UUC in Blacksburg was there too. VICPP is the oldest faith-based lobbying organization in Virginia. We went to both Delegate Chris Hurst and Senator John Edwards' offices expressing thanks for their efforts to help those in Virginia who are most vulnerable. Issues and bills that VICPP is supporting include; creating driving permits for people without documentation that will make our streets safer, increasing state minimum wage levels, getting rid of racially disparaging language in existing minimum wage limitations, expanding Medicare coverage to nationally established guidelines, and more. All VICPP positions can be found on their website www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org and their Facebook page


We were so encouraged by the number of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other people from other faith communities who showed up to participate in this day for advocating for those in our state who need support to help make their lives less of a burden. 

The newly elected Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, delivered an inspiring message, as the great, great, great grandson of one of the first African slaves who were freed in Virginia. He reminded us of MLK's quote that the "arc of history" is long and bends toward justice. I am really proud that BPC continues to support VICPP. We could all, individually, write letters and visit representatives on our own, but these occasions of "community" are so valuable to encourage like-minded and motivated people of faith who are volunteers. There are paid lobbyists, in suits, that have their own motivations but days like yesterday are the "payment" for volunteers speaking for the marginalized.

Thanks BPC for supporting VICPP.

Scott Smith

Scripture Readings for January 27, 2019
3rd Sunday After Epiphany
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
Luke 4:14-21