D.C. Chapter discusses the impact of the midterm elections

Just days after the 2018 midterm elections, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Religion Communicators Council sat down for a roundtable on how the results impact the faith sector’s work. Several religious organizations and denominations have offices in Washington, D.C., and the community is constantly keeping up with Congress and advocating on a wide variety of issues.

Three speakers shared their observations and experiences to start the conversation: Amelia Kegan of the Friends Committee on National Legislation; Sofi Hersher of the Religion Action Center of Reform Judaism; and Shahid Rahman of the American Muslim Institution.

While there will be a new party in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives beginning in January, there is still a big lame duck session to come, with Congress facing decisions on a spending bill, the farm bill and more. The first real test for the new Congress is likely to come in March when it’s time to consider raising the debt ceiling.

One lesson learned from the 2018 election cycle is that faith voices were very effective in calling out injustice on a variety of issues, and it seems that faith organizations can make a greater impact by continuing to focus on the issues instead of the politicians. Several faith groups saw a real energy in 2018 in state-based organizing, making a big difference in state and local elections.

The November 2018 chapter meeting was held at the Quaker Welcome Center, the first LEED-certified building on Capitol Hill and home of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

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