Join the growing number of people of faith
who are speaking to current public policy concerns.

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.

2016 Annual Meeting

Heide Parreno presents the report of the 2016 Nominating Committee (Left). President Becky Elwell delivers the President’s Report on TIAR’s 2015-6 Accomplishments (Center). The Panelists addressing issues surrounding immigration.  From left to right, they are:  Carly Fox, Delores (last name missing), Lisa Hoyt, and Rev. Chava Redonnet (Right). Photos by H. Robert Herman


Moral Monday - Faith Advocates call for a Moral Budget

On Monday March 17, 2014, 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.

Fair Election Practices Pledge

TIAR President, Becky Elwell, addresses candidates and the press at the signing ceremony for the Fair Election Practices Pledge.



The ceremony was held on September 2, 2014 in the atrium of the Monroe County Office Building.  



Also shown is the League of Women Voters’ bumper sticker promoting positive campaigning.

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