Labor in the Pulpits on the Bimah in the Minbar

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Labor in the Pulpits on the Bimah in the Minbar

Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar

Sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice/Central Kansas

A Project of

Global Faith In Action

In the richest country in the world, more than two million full-time, year round workers live below the poverty line, struggling to pay for necessities such as food, housing, healthcare, transportation, and childcare. Labor Day is a time for those of us in the religious community and the labor movement not only to celebrate working people and their contributions to our society, but to remember the struggles that workers endured and still endure to achieve the many benefits we now enjoy and take for granted.

Since 1996, thousands of congregations have focused Labor Day weekend services on the injustices facing low-wage workers and the religious community’s efforts to support those workers’ struggles for living wages and family-sustaining benefits. Participating in Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bimah/in the Minbar can involve inviting a union member or labor leader to be a guest speaker on Labor Day weekend, or focusing your Labor Day weekend service on worker justice issues. This Labor Day weekend, celebrate the sacred link between faith, work, and justice.

RESOURCES: If you are interested in participating in “Labor in the Pulpits on the Bimah in the Minbar”, here is a link to resources for some of the religions of our community:

In Wichita, contact Rev. David Hansen, Director of “INTERFAITH WORKER JUSTICE/Central Kansas” a project of “Global Faith In Action”. Email:

Interfaith Worker Justice is a national organization. For information from the national office contact Keron Blair, at

Definitions of Bimah and Minbar:

*Bimah: a raised platform in a synagogue from which the Torah is read .

*Minbar is a seat at the front of the mosque. The imam sits on the minbar while delivering the khutbah (sermon)

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