Written by: Sister Jenna
Have you ever wondered who our congressional leaders are? What do they really believe, beyond what we know of their policies? Who are the people making the decisions for the lives of citizens in America?
“Soul Talk on the Hill,” a series hosted by Sister Jenna takes us into the halls of the U.S. Capitol as she engages in heart-to-heart conversations with some of our Congressional leaders. The series takes us where no policy hearing ever has. Together, we will discover the heart and minds of the men and women of the United States Congress.
Are we united in some way? Do we share a common story and wish for humanity? You will be amazed by the profoundness that some of our leaders’ responses to these questions entail. If more people were exposed to this series connecting these members of Congress to the average individual, Capitol Hill will no longer be a distant mystery to the American public.
The future of the United States Congress is progressive and hopeful. The 117th United States Congress, includes a record number of women, minorities and first-time candidates who ran for office. Women make up nearly a quarter of its voting membership – the highest percentage in U.S. history. These times are a big wakeup call and they require each and every one of us to develop strength and discerning powers so that we can make choices that benefit the country as a whole.
We look to this new Congress with such hope and anticipation that they will bring a fresh voice and energy to the governance of America. No matter your partisan leanings, this new Congress could bring a new spirit to the “People’s House:” one that beautifully balances political equality and fair representation. When there is a balance between politics and spirituality, we can usher in a world of harmony. The root cause of our current political divide persists because we have separated spirit from politics. These voices from Soul Talk on the Hill conversations might give us an amplified faith in our United States of America and they could offer us some more light into the deeper meaning of E Pluribus Unum.
Soul Talk on the Hill includes conversations with Congressman Tim Ryan (OH), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (MO), former Congressman Charles Rangel (NY) and an episode with a voice of influence, the Honorable Annette Lantos, from the Lantos Human Rights Foundation. Here’s a peak at the first episodes in the series
Congressman Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for working families in Ohio’s 13th District. He is a champion of efforts to make college more affordable, revitalize America’s cities and improve the health and well-being of American families and
children. Watch the episode now.
Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, with a multitude of accomplishments both locally and Congressionally, introduced the most ambitious project of his political career – the
creation of a Green Impact Zone aimed at making a high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban geography in the world. Watch the episode now.
Former Congressman Charles Rangel served as a U.S. Representative from 1971 to 2017. He is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and was a prime contributor to President Obama’s historic health care reform law. A leading advocate for equal rights, he helped to boost the incomes of millions of working families with the
Earned Income Tax Credit and pumped billions of dollars into revitalization of communities across the nation. Watch the episode now.
The Honorable Annette Lantos is the Chairperson of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. She has spearheaded numerous efforts to help human rights victims and causes. Watch the episode now.