Loose The Chains
Loose the Chains is the faith organizing strategy of the New Georgia Project in collaboration with Faith in Action/PICO, purposed to break the chains of social injustice in Georgia by unleashing the collective power of faith communities in our state through organized civic engagement.
The theology of Loose the Chains rests on the conviction that faith and ethical religious values, so central to the history of the United States, can make an indispensable contribution to a better country and better world.
This conviction is motivated by the gospel imperative to love God with our hearts, souls, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves. In order to truly practice this ethic of communal and self-love we must be committed to the pursuit of justice because justice is what love looks like in public expression.
As such we affirm scriptures like Isaiah 58:6 that highlight a social justice centered revolutionary piety.
We hold to the belief that the Scriptures speak to all levels of human relation and as a result have significant implications for public life. We hold that theology should cast a particular light on questions about justice, the common good, and the ordering of our lives in community. Therefore, every person of faith should have a functional theology of public life, whether church teaching directly addresses the subject or not and whether individual Christians are conscious of it or not. Because even our silence or indifference on social matters as the people of faith has political implications.
Our theology of civic engagement involves equipping believers theologically to exercise their responsibility for the public good.
New Campaign Campaigns
Do Justice and Love Mercy with the Georgia Justice Clergy 100Therefore we stand together as the Georgia Justice Clergy 100 against all forms of anti-justice theology, ministry, and public policy in our state and beyond. To this end, we are coming together to form a network of clergy dedicated to creating justice and freedom for the people of Georgia. As a network, we will use progressive faith leadership, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education to proclaim the justice of God in our time. We hope all like-minded clergy will join us! Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Minister, Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Billy Michael Honor, Faith Organizer, Loose the Chains (New Georgia Project) Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson, Itinerant Minister, AME Zion Church Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Congregation Bet Haverim10 of 100 SignaturesCreated by Loose The Chains
Georgia Clergy to Secretary Kemp: Confirm Our Votes and Recuse YourselfAs people of faith and leaders of congregations, we can recount story after story of God acting in human history, often to counteract abuses by governing powers and always to reinforce the sacred voices of the poor, disabled, and disenfranchised. Today we are compelled by our faith and these holy stories to stand in righteous opposition to the systematic disenfranchisement of African-American voters, who represent no less than 70% of the 53,000 voter registrations you are currently holding hostage. These actions are the latest in a documented pattern of attempts by elected officials to suppress the voting power of people of color and economically poor communities. By suppressing these votes, you abuse the power that the voters of Georgia entrusted to you when you were elected and sworn in as secretary of state. Despite the Supreme Court’s recent weakening of the Voting Rights Act, the ability to vote is not only a constitutionally-protected right for citizens of this nation, it is also a sacred act, one that is essential to building and sustaining a righteous and just nation for all people. Any action that erects barriers to the ability of citizens of this nation to participate in our democratic processes is an injustice that offends the people of God. The ideals of democracy require that elections be fair and the process just, not riddled with obstacles reminiscent of the racist and sexist poll taxes and literacy tests of yesteryear. The supposed legality of your actions that does not make them fair or just. Scripture says: “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people” (Isaiah 10).89 of 100 SignaturesCreated by Loose The Chains & Faith in Action