2016 Faith and Freedom Event
The Faith and Freedom Awards Ceremony on May 12th was inspirational! Over 100 people in attendance enjoyed being in a supportive community as well as the food and wine reception, and the interfaith program. After Rabbi Joe Black welcomed us to Temple Emanuel, Sister Anna Koop provided prayer, then Reverend Val Jackson, Board President, spoke about CORCRC and the history of the Award. Reverend Greg Garland performed a passionate song in support of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains with the refrain: “Walls of love—a fortress from hate/ Where love is found and life regained/ Where empathy rules and shame is drained/ Where hope abounds and compassion reigns,” Megan Karkut led us in singing two rousing songs by the “Raging Grannies” in support of Planned Parenthood. The award recipients, Dr. Savita Ginde, who was in the illicit tapes falsely claiming Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue, Dr. J. T. Boyd, who was in the clinic in Colorado Springs during the shooting last year, and State Senator Lucia Guzman, who has been a legislative leader for women’s reproductive rights for years, spoke personally and passionately about the challenges they have faced working for reproductive justice. We heard firsthand about the scary consequences of anti-choice rhetoric and were inspired by these courageous people. The Faith and Freedom Awards are presented annually in May.
Reverend Stephan Papa, CORCRC Development Team
Sister Anna Koop of the Sisters of Lorretto
Greg Garland performing Walls of Love
Read Greg’s Poem here!
Rabbi Black of Temple Emanuel
Rev. Dr. Val Jackson, President of CORCRC
Joyce Lisbin, Ed.D., Executive Director of CORCRC