Our new logo is an inclusive circle, formed of many shapes and colors, symbolizing the Alliance's ideals of harmony and diversity.
POVERTY - Addressing problems of poverty in the Rochester area.
STATE / NATIONAL ISSUES - Elections, Fair Campaign Practices Project, and legislation, including First Amendment issues.
HEALTH CARE - Working with the Interfaith Healthcare Coalition on universal health insurance and related issues.
LEAD PAINT - Working with the Lead Paint Coalition, education about the problem and responses.
TIAR's president, Mary Pizzente-Morich, greets attendees at the TIAR's annual meeting, Sunday, June 9, 2013 at the Shults Center, Nazareth College (photo, right).
Pulitzer-Prize-Winner David Cay Johnston who who spoke on “Faith and the Economy” at TIAR's annual meeting. Click to play his address.
On Monday March 17, faith leaders and community members are gathering at Assemblyman Morelle’s District Office for a “Moral Monday” vigil calling for a moral budget that closes New York’s first in the nation income gap and prioritizes human need over tax breaks for the wealthy. Concurrent vigils are being held in throughout New York State. The events follow the lead of the Moral Mondays actions led by Rev. Dr. William Barber in North Carolina.
Moral Mondays call attention back to the most basic moral objectives of budgeting and tax policy. A moral budget values every member of society, prioritizes the common good, and lifts the burdens of poverty. A moral tax system raises enough to pay for basic needs like education, social safety net, and infrastructure development and calls on each member of society to contribute a fair share.
Advocates say the Executive Budget includes $2 billion in new tax cuts, disproportionately favoring the wealthy and big corporations. These breaks will result in devastating cuts to public services, including schools, government services and the social safety net.
Moral Monday vigils are taking place today in New York City, Albany, Binghamton and Rochester. Additional events planned for Utica. The events are coordinated by Faith for a Fair New York, a project of the Labor-Religion Coalition of NYS. The group is comprised of people of faith, faith-based organizations, and statewide faith institutions across New York uniting with community and labor allies to tackle the New York’s first-in-the-nation problem of income inequality.
TIAR President, Mary Morich, and Rochester League of Women Voters Board Member for the Fair Election Practices Committee, Sheila Abeling, address candidates and the press at the signing ceremony for the Fair Election Practices Pledge. The ceremony was held on September 3 in the atrium of the Monroe County Office Building. For an up-to-date listing of those candidates who have signed the pledge, visit the LWV/RMA web site, http://www.lwv-rma.org/fepc/FEPC%20signers.pdf
Mission of The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester
We are committed to an inclusive democratic process based upon the mutual responsibility of public officials, public institutions, and the general public. It requires honest and civility through open discussion of issues and full participation open to all citizens.
We work towards a public good that offers dignity and wholeness to all people. This includes a quality public education, a sustainable environment, a living wage, comprehensive health care, adequate housing, and a voice for people of faith in the political arena that respects the First Amendment.
As a growing and diverse interfaith community, we bring a constructive and healing witness to public and political life in the Greater Rochester community. The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester is one of many local alliances in a national coalition of people of faith.