Religious progressive activism has been part of American history.
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Since President Donald Trump's election, monthly lectures on social justice at the 600-seat Gothic chapel of New York's Union Theological Seminary have been filled to capacity with crowds three times what they usually draw.In the nine years that Reverend Serene Jones has served as its president, she has never seen such crowds.Although not as powerful as the religious right that has been credited with helping elect Republican presidents and boasts well-known leaders such as Christian Broadcasting Network founder Pat Robertson, the "religious left" is now slowly coming together as a force in U.S. politics.Religious progressive activism has been part of American history.The number of churches volunteering to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers doubled to 800 in 45 of the 50 U.S. states after the election, said the Elkhart, Indiana-based Church World Service, a coalition of Christian denominations that helps refugees settle in the United States – and the number of new churches offering help has grown so quickly that the group has lost count.Leaders of Faith in Public Life, a progressive policy group, were astounded when 300 clergy members turned out at a January rally at the U.S. Senate attempting to block confirmation of Trump's attorney general nominee, Jeff Sessions, because of his history of controversial statements on race.
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