America’s Next Top Faith Voice Nominees: Sherria Taylor

July 5, 2011, 11:10 am | Posted by

Faithful America is holding a competition to find America’s Next Top Faith Voice. We’ll be profiling our six finalists here on the blog. Candidates were asked to submit a video responding to this Karen Tumulty article on Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference last month. You can view all of the candidates and cast your vote here.

As the daughter of a pastor, Sherria Taylor is very comfortable talking about her faith. She currently works at a non-profit in Reno, Nevada, empowering underserved individuals and families by providing public health services and resources.

Sherria believes her “purpose as a woman of faith with great courage and charisma, is to bridge the gap between the ‘Ivory Tower’ and the grassroots faith community,” helping connect thinkers and policymakers with the people their policies actually affect.

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America’s Next Top Faith Voice Nominees: Rev. Byron Williams

July 5, 2011, 10:50 am | Posted by

Faithful America is holding a competition to find America’s Next Top Faith Voice. We’ll be profiling our six finalists here on the blog. Candidates were asked to submit a video responding to this Karen Tumulty article on Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference last month. You can view all of the candidates and cast your vote here.

Byron Williams serves as pastor of Resurrection Community Church in Oakland, California. Rev. Williams sees morality not just as a private question, but as a public one about how we collectively engage and treat each other.

Rev. Williams believes that modern political conversation ignores “the least of these in society. They are the ones who feel the brunt of economic downturns more acutely and they are also the ones wrongly cited as the culprit when seeking superficial responses to said challenges. People of faith are best positioned to be a part of the solution as long as we authentically maintain the courage of the faith tradition held.”

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America’s Next Top Faith Voice Nominees: Evan Davies

July 1, 2011, 2:19 pm | Posted by

Faithful America is holding a competition to find America’s Next Top Faith Voice. We’ll be profiling our six finalists here on the blog. Candidates were asked to submit a video responding to this Karen Tumulty article on Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference last month. You can view all of the candidates and cast your vote here.

When Evan Davies began exploring his Christian faith in high school, he was bothered to find that the Jesus he knew from the Bible wasn’t the same one he heard preached about at his local church in Georgia. Evan’s journey led him to find a faith community that puts its beliefs into action both inside and outside the church walls.

Evan spent his last year living in Rwanda, where he saw firsthand the need to address the growing climate change crisis that is disproportionately affecting the developing world. The experience also inspired him to not stand by idly in the face of the injustices like economic inequality that plague his own country.

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America’s Next Top Faith Voice Nominees: Rev. Nicole Lamarche

July 1, 2011, 11:17 am | Posted by

Faithful America is holding a competition to find America’s Next Top Faith Voice. We’ll be profiling our six finalists here on the blog. Candidates were asked to submit a video responding to this Karen Tumulty article on Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference last month. You can view all of the candidates and cast your vote here.

Rev. Nicole Lamarche, CA

A former Miss California, Rev. Nicole Lamarche was ordained a ministe rin the United Church of Christ in 2005. Nicole sees her role as a minister as “constantly asking where God needs me to stand and with whom.”

Currently, Rev. Lamarche is working with Bay Area organizations that provide support for veterans returning from combat and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She sees this issue as part of a larger challenge of defending the common good in the face of attacks on crucial safety net programs that help protect the most vulnerable.

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America’s Next Top Faith Voice Nominees: Noor Darwazeh

June 30, 2011, 3:32 pm | Posted by

Faithful America is holding a competition to find America’s Next Top Faith Voice. We’ll be profiling our six finalists here on the blog. Candidates were asked to submit a video responding to this Karen Tumulty article on Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference last month. You can view all of the candidates and cast your vote here.

Noor Darwazeh, TX

A Muslim in Texas, Noor Darwazeh is used to talking to people unfamiliar with her faith tradition. That’s why she was excited to join an interfaith, intercultural youth discussion group called “Yalla Talk” (Yalla meaning ‘let’s in informal Arabic) focused on finding common ground through conversation — a decision she regards as a turning point in her life.

She credits her faith with the work ethic, dedication and passion that have led her to continue finding ways to build bridges to combat fear.

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