Religious Leaders Urge Support for Fair Elections Now Act

February 3, 2010

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

235 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Re: Citizens United and the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 1826 & S. 752)

Dear Speaker Pelosi:

As religious leaders, we believe in equality and justice for all people and in building the common good. In a democracy, these ideals cannot be realized, however, if the rules governing the electoral process actively or passively favor one segment of the population over another.

We believe existing campaign finance laws already permit the unfair influence of persons and groups with extraordinary wealth over the political process by providing them with special access to elected officials. This special access ultimately results in legislative outcomes that reflect the needs of those with the financial means to make political contributions, and not the needs of the poor or disenfranchised.

The recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission will surely amplify the voices of the wealthy campaign donors and bring new powerful players to fore at the expense of everyone else.

We believe Congress must address both the Citizens United decision and the problems of the current campaign finance system by passing the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752 and H.R. 1826). This measure would empower average people to participate in politics with small donations, and would return the gaze of our elected officials solely to the needs of their districts and the nation as a whole, rather than the interests of those with significant financial resources for campaigns.

We pledge our support and we pledge to work among members of our churches, synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras (a Sikh place of worship) and temples throughout the nation to encourage support for your efforts to bring about reform. As you know, the Fair Elections Now Act was sponsored by Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) in the Senate and House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) in the House. In the House, the legislation has attracted nearly 130 cosponsors. With a strong Fair Elections system in place, candidates will spend less time courting the narrow slice of Americans who currently fund campaigns and engage a larger, more active citizenry.

We hope in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision you will support the Fair Elections Now Act so that Congress can act effectively on the people's business.


The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary

National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA

New York, NY

Bishop Gabino Zavala, Bishop President

Pax Christi USA: National Catholic Peace Movement

Los Angeles, CA

Archbishop Vicken Aykazian

Archbishop of the Washington Area

Recent Past President of the National Council of Churches (2008-2009)

The Armenian Apostolic Church

Washington, DC

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director

Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances

Islamic Society of North America

Washington, DC

Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor, Tikkun

Rabbi, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue,

Chair, The Network of Spiritual Progressives

San Francisco, CA

Jim Winkler, General Secretary

United Methodist General Board of Church & Society

Washington, DC

Mr. Manmohan Singh, Secretary General

World Sikh Council

America Region

The Rev. Dr. Joel C. Hunter, Senior Pastor

Northland - A Church Distributed

Longwood, Florida

Dr. Tony Campolo, Professor Emeritus

Eastern University

St. David, PA

Dr. Ronald J. Sider, President

Evangelicals for Social Action

Wynnewood, PA

Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin, James H. Laue Professor,

Director of the Center for World Religions,

Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,

George Mason University

Arlington, VA

The Rev. Dr. Syngman Rhee

Former Moderator, Presbyterian Church, USA

Former President, National Council of the Churches, USA

Professor, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Va.

Richmond, Va.

The Rev. Dr. William Chris Hobgood, Former General Minister and President

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada

Ocean Pines, MD

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Director

The Shalom Center

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary

Reformed Church in America

Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Founder and President

The Healing of the Nations Foundation

Senior Pastor Emeritus

The Riverside Church in New York

New York, NY

The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

President, Interfaith Alliance

Washington, D.C.

The Rev. Peter Morales, President

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Boston, MA

Marie Dennis, Director,

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Washington, DC

Mary Ellen McNish, General Secretary

American Friends Service Committee

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President

Union Theological Seminary

New York, NY

Dr. Joseph C. Hough, Jr., President Emeritus

Union Theological Seminary

Claremont, CA

The Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite,

Professor of Theology,

Chicago Theological Seminary

Chicago, IL

The Rev. Dr. Donald Messer, President emeritus

Iliff School of Theology

Denver, CA

Rabbi Dr. Marc Gopin

James H. Laue Professor,

Director of the Center for World Religions,

Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,

George Mason University

Arlington VA

Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus

Columbia Theological Seminary


Cincinnati, OH

The Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Director,

Faith Voices for the Common Good

Visiting Professor Starr King School for the Ministry,

Former Fellow, Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life

Graduate Theological Union,

Berkeley CA

The Rev. J. Philip Wogaman,

Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics,

Wesley Theological Seminary

United Methodist Church

Washington, DC

The Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr.

President and CEO

Hip Hop Caucus

Congressman Paul Findley (Republican -- Illinois)

Author and Interfaith Leader

Cofounder of the Council for the National Interest,

Jacksonville, Illinois

The Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar

President of Common Cause

Former Member of Congress (Democrat - Pennsylvania)

Former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches

Former President of the Claremont School of Theology

United Methodist Minister

Burke, VA and Washington, DC

The Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Gallen

United Methodist Minister

Executive Director, PAS, Inc.

Plymouth, Massachusetts

Constance Brookes, Executive Director

Friends Fiduciary Corporation

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Dr. Davida Foy Crabtree, Conference Minister,

Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ,

Hartford, Connecticut

The Rev. Amos Acree, Pastor

East Aurora Christian Church (Disciples)

East Aurora, NY

The Rev. Dr. Paul Alexander, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice

Professor, Theology and Ethics

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

The Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Minister of Communications and Technology

Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ

Hartford, Connecticut

The Rev. Stephen M. Anderson

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Silver Spring, MD

The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, Conference Minister and President

Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Framingham, MA

The Rev. Ed Bacon, Rector,

All Saints Church,

Pasadena, CA

Mr. Brian C. Baeder,

Church of the Good Shepherd,

Congregational United Church of Christ

West Woodstock, Connecticut

The Rev. Dr. David Bahr, Pastor

United Church of Christ

Denver, CO

The Rev. Dr. J. Martin Bailey and

The Rev. Dr. Betty Jane Bailey

United Church of Christ

West Orange, NJ

The Rev. Stan Bain, Retired Pastor

United Methodist Church

Community Organizer,

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE),

an affiliate of Gamaliel Foundation.

Kailua, HI

The Rev. Dr. Bonnie Bardot,

United Church of Christ

Southbury, CT

Dr. David Barstow

Presbyterian USA

Black Mountain, NC

Rabbi Lewis M. Barth, Professor Emeritus and Former Dean,

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Los Angeles, CA

The Rev. Jonathan Barton, General Minister

Virginia Council of Churches

Richmond, VA

Rabbi David Dunn Bauer

Rabbi, Jewish Community of Amherst

Amherst, MA

The Rev. Charles H. Bayer, Retired Minister

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Claremont, CA

Rabbi Leonard I. Beerman,

Los Angeles

Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, Executive Director,

HaMifgash: A Jewish Conversation on Peace

The Rev. Ken Bensen,

United Methodist Minister, Retired

Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

Rabbi Marjorie Berman

Sabbatical Rabbi

Society Hill Synagogue

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev Dr Malcolm C. Bertram, Retired Pastor

United Church of Christ

South Wellfleet, MA

The Rev. John F. Bickerstaff, Retired

United Methodist Clergy

Network of Spiritual Progressives.

Carolyn D. Blevins

Associate Professor Emerita of Religion

Carson-Newman College

Jefferson City, TN

The Rev. Lynn Carman Bodden

United Church of Christ

Interim Pastor, Winston-Salem Friends Meeting

Winston-Salem, NC

Rabbi Vanessa Grajwer Boettiger

Jewish (Reconstructionist movement)

North Bennington, VT

The Rev. Dr. Walter C. Bouzard

Waverly, Iowa

Rabbi Dr Alan Brill

Cooperman/Ross Endowed Professor in honor of Sister Rose Thering

Graduate Department of Jewish-Christian Studies,

Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ

The Rev Jerene Broadway, M Div

The Alliance of Baptists

Black Mountain, NC

The Rev. Terry L. Brooks,

Ordained Baptist Minister (affiliated with CBF and Alliance of Baptists)

Mint Hill, NC

The Rev. Gary P. Brown, Retired Clergy

United Church of Christ

Hammondsport NY

Cantor Paul A. Buch

Temple Beth Israel

3033 N. Towne Ave.

Pomona, CA

The Rev. Susan Burgess-Parrish, Executive Director

Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County, TN

Clergy-At-Large working in Social Services, Alliance of Baptists

Oak Ridge, TN

The Rev. Grace Pritchard Burson, Curate

Grace Episcopal Church

Manchester, NH

The Rev. Greg Butchart

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

St. Joseph, Missouri

The Rev. Faye D. B. Buttrick,

United Church of Christ

The Rev.John Buttrick,

United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Buttry,

Global Consultant for Peace and Justice,

International Ministries,

American Baptist Churches USA

Hamtramck, MI

The Rev. Sharon A. Buttry, LMSW

12101 Joseph Campau

Hamtramck, MI

Rev. Patricia Cadle, Pastor

United Church of Christ

Southern Conference, Western Association

Pittsboro, NC

The Rev. Dr. Robert Carpenter, Pastor

First Baptist Church

Manchester Center, VT

Charlie Cole Chaffin

Past Vice Moderator

Arkansas Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Benton, AR

Elaine Chan, Chaplain

Roman Catholic

New York, NY

The Rev. Virginia Child, Retired Pastor

United Church of Christ,

East Providence, RI

The Rev. Kyle Childress

Austin Heights Baptist Church

Nacogdoches, Texas

Rabbi Carl S. Choper, President

The Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA

The Rev. Dick Clark, Pastor

St. Timothys United Methodist Church

Cedar Falls, Iowa

The Rev. Dr. Shannon Clarkson

United Church of Christ

Guilford, CT

The Rev. Leonard G. Clough

West Hartford, CT

Rabbi Howard A. Cohen

Board Member of Ohalah,

The Association of Rabbis and Cantors for Jewish Renewal

Bennington, Vermont

The Rev. Ann Marie Coleman,

United Church of Christ and DOC clergy

The Rev. Donald Coleman,

United Church of Christ, DOC and Presbyterian Clergy

The Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Conyers, Co-Pastor

Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Harrisburg, PA

The Rev. Dr. Danny Conyers, Co-Pastor

Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Harrisburg, PA

The Rev Stephen Copley

United Methodist Minister

Chair, Let Justice Roll Coalition

Little Rock, Arkansas

Judy Corey, Licensed Lay Pastor

Grand West Association

White Cloud, MI

The Rev. Marcia Lynn Cox, Pastor,

United Church of Christ

Avon, CT

The Rev. Susannah Crolius, Pastor,

Webster United Church of Christ,

Dexter, MI

The Rev. Noelle Damico,

United Church of Christ,

East Setauket, NY

Dr. Tammerie Day, Member

Hillsborough United Church of Christ

Hillsborough, NC

The Rev. Dr. Richard Deats, United Methodist

Ex.Dir.(retired), Fellowship of Reconciliation

Nyack, NY

The Rev. Peter Degree,

United Church of Christ

Deep River, CT

The Rev. Paula Dempsey

Minister for Partnership Relations

Alliance of Baptists

The Rev John Dennis, Past Chairman

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon

Portland, OR

The Rev. Jordan E. Dickinson, Retired Pastor

United Church of Christ

Dorset, VT

Dr. Carolyn Dipboye, Co-Pastor

and Dr. Larry K. Dipboye, Co-pastor

Grace Covenant Church of Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Oak Ridge, TN

The Rev. Lynn Litchfield Divers, Pastor

Alliance of Baptist

Palmyra, VA

The Rev. Brian Dixon, Pastor

New Ground Community

An Alliance of Baptist congregation

San Francisco, CA

The Rev. Maureen Doherty, Campus Chaplain

Episcopal Church

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Roberta Ann Dunbar, Lay Member

United Church of Christ

Chapel Hill, NC

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz, President,

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Wyncote, PA

Rabbi Rachel Esserman

Endwell, NY

The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Evans

President of Plowshares Institute

Simsbury, CT

The Rev. John Fanestil

United Methodist Church

San Diego, CA

Rabbi Brian Field

Denver, CO

The Rev. Dr. Emmett O. Floyd, Interim Conference Minister,

Southern Conference , United Church of Christ

The Rev. Jack Forstman and Shirley Forstman

The Presbyterian Church USA

Nashville, TN

Joann Yoon Fukumoto

Peace with Justice Educator

California Pacific Conference

United Methodist Church

Honolulu, HI

The Rev. Karen E. Gale

Edgewood United Church of Christ

East Lansing, MI

Dr. Robert E. Gartman, Retired Pastor/Educator,

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Dallas, Texas

Rabbi David J. Gelfand, Vice President

The Interfaith Alliance Foundation

Temple Israel of the City of New York

New York, NY

Rabbi Jonathan H. Gerard

Or Chadash,

Flemington, NJ

Janet Thebaud Gillmar

Honolulu, HI 96816

The Rev. Dr. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, J.D., M.Div., President

Girton-Mitchell Associates, LLC

Washington, DC

Maggid Andrew Gold

Spiritual Leader of Congregation Kol HaLev

Santa Fe, NM

Rabbi Jerrold Goldstein, Secretary,

Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din of Southern California

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Community of Living Traditions

Stony Point Center,

Stony Point, NY

The Rev. Ms. Dale M. Greene, Retired Pastor

The United Church Of Christ

Fairfield, CT

The Rev. Susan Guy

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Urbandale, Iowa

Dr. Herman Haller, Retired Interim Conference Executive

United Church of Christ

Michigan Conference

The Rev. Malcolm Hamblett, Director of Communication and Technology

American Baptist Churches of VT & NH

Weston, VT

The Rev Wayne ("Chris) Hartmire, Retired

Presbyterian minister

Claremont CA

The Rev. Edward A. Hawley, Retired

United Church of Christ

Denver, CO

The Rev. Dr. Jean G. Hawxhurst

Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church

Louisville, KY

The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hayes

Noank Baptist Church

Noank, CT

The Rev. Amanda Hendler-Voss, Co-Pastor,

Land of the Sky United Church of Christ

Asheville, NC

Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann,

Kol Tzedek Synagogue

Philadelphia, PA 19104

The Rev. Dr. James Higginbotham, Assistant Professor

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Earlham School of Religion,

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Indianapolis, IN

The Rev. Robert Lee Hill, Senior Minister,

Community Christian Church

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Kansas City, Missouri

The Reverend Russell B. Hilliard, Sr.

Retired Baptist Minister and Missionary

Ridgecrest, NC

The Rev. Dr. E. Glenn Hinson

Senior Professor of Church History and Spirituality,

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky

Louisville, KY

The Rev. James R. Hipkins, Minister,

United Methodist Church. Retired

Asheville, NC

The Rev. Douglas Hodges, Interim Pastor

United Church of Christ of Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Virginia

The Rev. Joyce Hollyday, Co-pastor,

Circle of Mercy, United Church of Christ

Asheville, NC

Rabbi Linda Holtzman

Mishkan Shalom

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Katherine Homiak

Baptist Church

Kansas City, MO

The Rev. Diane K. Hooge

Judson Memorial Baptist Church

Minneapolis, MN

The Rev. Dr. H. James Hopkins

American Baptist Churches U.S.A./Alliance of Baptists

Pastor, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church

Oakland, CA

The Rev. Alan Hoskins, Retired Pastor

The Alliance of Baptists

Bardstown KY

Rev. Dr. Charles H. Howell, Retired Minister

Presbyterian Church USA

Greensboro, NC

**The Rev. Jerrod H. Hugenot,

American Baptist minister,

Bennington, Vermont

The Rev. Horace H. Hunt (retired)

50 Wagon Trail

Black Mountain, NC

Eve Ilsen, Rabbinic Pastor

Jewish Renewal community

Boulder, CO

The Rev. Dr. M. Bruce Irwin

Pastor for 40 years around the USA

Emmanuel United Church Of Christ

Allentown, PA

Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs

Founder of Progressive Faith Foundation

Los Angeles, CA

Barbara Jennings, CSJ, Coordinator

Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment

St. Louis, MO

Bishop Alfred Johnson, Lead Pastor,

Church of the Village:A Progressive United Methodist Community

New York, NY

Dr. Mark C Johnson,

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Nyack, NY

Rabbi Susan Kanoff

Chaplain, Abramson Hospice

Wynnewood, PA

The Rev. Rob Keithan, Director,

Washington Office for Advocacy

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Washington, DC

The Rev. Kenneth Kent

Traer United Methodist Church

Traer, Iowa

Dr. Jung Ha Kim, Professor & CFO at CPACS

Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc.

United Methodist Church

Atlanta, GA

Rabbi Donna Kirshbaum

Princeton, NJ

The Rev. John H. P. Klueter, Retired Pastor

Evangelical United Church of Christ

Highland, IL

Rabbi Douglas E. Krantz

Congregation B'nai Yisrael

2 Banksville Road Box 7

Armonk, NY

Dr. Catherine Keller, Professor of Theology

Drew University, The Theological School

Madison, NJ

The Reverend Kurt Kirchoff

United Church of Christ

Haslett, Michigan

The Rev. Richard R. Kurrasch, Minister (retired)

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Atascadero, CA

The Rev. Peter Laarman, Executive Director

Progressive Christians Uniting

Los Angeles, CA

The Rev. Rachel Lackey,

The Rev. Jim Strickland

The Sabbath House

Bryson City, NC

The Rev Suzanne H Lamport.

United Church of Christ

Carrboro, NC

The Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston, Director

Disciples Justice Action Network and

Coordinator of the Disciples Center for Public Witness

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Annapolis, MD

Rabbi Alan LaPayover

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi Darby J. Leigh, M.A.

Bnai Keshet

Montclair, NJ

Miryam Levy, Rabbinic Pastor,

Affiliated with Jewish Renewal

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rabbi Mordechai Liebling,

Philadelphia, PA

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann,

Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives,

Brooklyn, NY

The Rev. Dr. Theodore W. Loder, Retired

Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Philadelphia, PA

The Rev. Robin Long, Pastor

Suttons Bay Congregational Church

Suttons Bay, MI

The Rev. Denise Cumbee Long, Interim Pastor,

Elon Community United Church of Christ

Elon, North Carolina

Dr. Stanley G. Lott, Th. D., Ed. D., President Emeritus,

Chowan University,

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

Sister Marie Lucey, OSF, Associate Director,

Associate Director for Social Mission

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Rev. Dr. Arvin R. Luchs, Senior Pastor

First United Methodist Church

Portland, Oregon

The Rev. Dr. Daisy L. Machado

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Union Theological Seminary,

New York, NY

Rabbi Paula Marcus

Santa Cruz, CA

The Rev. Marjorie Lain Marsh,

Honorably retired member of the Presbytery of

St. Augustine, FL

The Rev. Suzanne M. Marsh, Associate Pastor

Unitarian Church of Harrisburg

Harrisburg, PA

The Rev. Dr. Kyle Maxwell, Pastor Emeritus,

First Christian Church,

Edmond, OK

The Rt. Rev. Larry E. Maze

Retired Episcopal Bishop of Arkansas

Little Rock, AR

The Rev. Joseph McCarthy, Congregational Care Pastor,

Trinity United Methodist Church

Hackettstown, NJ

The Rev. Jean M. McCusker, Pastor

Central Village Congregational Church United Church of Christ

Central Village, CT

The Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, Author,

Evangelical (Nondenominational)

Laurel, MD

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Senior Minister,

Unitarian Society of New Haven

New Haven, CT

Rabbi Tamara Miller

Center for Integrative Medicine, Spiritual counselor

Washington, DC

The Rev. Delbert K. Miller

St. Peter United Church of Christ

Granite City, IL

The Rev. George Miller

The United Church of Christ

Wyoming, MI

The Rev. Dr. Randle R. (Rick) Mixon, Ph.D., Pastor

First Baptist Church

Palo Alto CA

The Rev. Ruth Mooney

American Baptist Churches, USA

St. Paul, MN

The Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, pastor

Sardis Baptist Church

Charlotte, NC

The Rev. Dr. Theodore H. Mosebach, Pastor

First Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

East Hartford, CT

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Charles Mott, Retired Clergy

United Methodist Church,

The New England Conference

Beverly MA

Robert N. Nash, Jr.

Global Missions Coordinator

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Atlanta, GA

The Rev. John A. Nelson, Pastor and Teacher

Niantic Community Church

Niantic, CT

The Rev. Dr. William J. Nottingham

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Highlands Ranch, CO

The Rev. Lavette R. Paige, Pastor

Martin Luther King American Baptist Church

Harrisburg, PA

The Rev. Larry J. Peacock, Executive Director

Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center

The United Methodist Church

North Andover, MA

The Rev. Rich Peacock, Retired Pastor

The United Methodist Church

Sterling Heights, MI

The Rev. Dr. Richard L Peerey, Pastor

Beaver Dam Baptist Church

Franklin, VA

The Reverend Dr Michael S. Penn-Strah

South Central Regional Minister, Connecticut Conference

United Church of Christ

Woodbridge, CT

The Rev. LeDayne McLeese Polaski

Program Coordinator

Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America

Charlotte, NC

Dr. William J. Nottingham, President Emeritus,

Division of Overseas Ministries

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the US and Canada

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

The Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Petty, Pastor,

Pullen Memorial Baptist Church

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Rev. Mark H. Pickett, Pastor

First Christian Church,

Burlington, NC

The Rev. Margot Trusty Pickett

Southern Conference Staff, United Church of Christ

Burlington NC

The Rev. Dr. John F. Piper, Jr., Retired Pastor,

United Methodist,

Central Pennsylvania Conference

Williamsport, PA

The Rev. Dr. George V. Pixley,

Ph.D., Retired Professor of Biblical Studies at the Baptist Seminary in Managua

Seminario Teol�gico Bautista de Nicaragua

The Rev. Jeanette Quick,

Baptist Minister Serving as Director of Christian Education,

First Presbyterian Church,

High Point, NC

The Rev. Dr. David W. Randle, President & CEO

United Church of Christ

WHALE Center


Rabbi Victor H. Reinstein

Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue

Jamaica Plain, MA

The Rev. J. George Reed, Executive Director

North Carolina Council of Churches

Raleigh, NC

The Rev. Dr. Kwame Osei Reed

Associate Conference Minister, Potomac Association

Central Atlantic Conference

United Church of Christ

Sr Claire Regan

Office of Peace and Justice

Sisters of Charity of New York

Bronx, NY

Kate Reid, ASC, Justice & Peace Coordinator

Adorers of the Blood of Christ, US Region

St. Louis, MO

The Rev. Maxim K. Rice, Deacon

United Methodist Church

Albuquerque, NM

The Rev. David F. Riebeling, Pastor

United Church of Christ

Fults, IL

The Rev. Meg Riley, Director,

Advocacy and Witness Programs,

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

The Rev. Barbara Grace Ripple, Retired Pastor,

United Methodist Church

Hawaii District Superintendent 1998-2004

Honolulu, HI

David A. Robinson, Executive Director

Pax Christi USA: National Catholic Peace Movement

Washington, DC

The Rev Dr. Tarris Rosell, PhD, DMin

Professor of Pastoral Theology--Ethics & Ministry Praxis

Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics

Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Shawnee, Kansas

The Rev. Joan M. Sabatino

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, PA

Indiana, PA

The Rev. Dr. Pete Sabey, Interfaith Counseling Service

Presbyterian & United Church of Christ

Davis and Claremont, CA

The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, Senior Minister

Judson Memorial Church (UCC and ABC of USA),

New York, NY

The Rev. Walter H. Schenck, Retired Pastor

United Methodist Church - New York Annual Conference

Wellfleet, MA

The Rev. Terry Schmitt, Senior Minister

Center Congregational Church, UCC

Manchester, CT

**Rabbi J. Fredric Schwalb

Hebrew Congregation of Somers

Somers, NY

Rabbi Arthur L. Schwartz

Kehillath Shalom Synagogue

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

The Rev. Susan Scott, Pastor

Union Church of Stow,

United Church of Christ

Stow, VT

The Rev. Ken Sehested, Co-pastor

Circle of Mercy Congregation

Asheville, NC

Rabbi Gerald Serotta

Shirat HaNefesh Congregation

Silver Spring, MD.

The Rev. Walter B. Shurden, Baptist Minister at Large

Mercer University

Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Mark Siler, Prison Chaplain,

Alliance of Baptists

Marion, NC

Nirmal Singh, Incorporator,

Sikh Society of Harrisburg, PA

New Cumberland, PA

The Rev Kelly M. Sisson, Pastor

Glade Church

Blacksburg, VA

Ramona C. Shawver, Commissioned Missionary

American Baptist Churches USA

The Rev. Hallam C. Shorrock, Jr., Retired clergy and educator

Disciples of Christ/United Church of Christ

Claremont, CA

Dr. Walter B. Shurden, Baptist Minister at Large

Mercer University

Macon, GA

Dr Gerald H Slusser, Professor emeritus of theology and education

From Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Presbyterian

Valley Center, CA

Rabbi Amy Joy Small, Past President

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Rabbi of Congregation Beth Hatikvah

Summit, NJ

The Rev. Dr. Christopher R. Smith

East Lansing, Michigan

The Rev. Laura Spangler

Pastor, Lloyd Presbyterian Church

Winston Salem, NC

The Rev. Jim Standiford, Pastor

First United Methodist Church of San Diego

San Diego, CA

Dr. Glen H. Stassen

Fuller Theological Seminary

Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Chrisian Ethics,

Pasadena, CA

Rabbi Jacob Staub

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Wyncote, PA

The Rev. Dawn Kizzia Stemple, Retired

Disciples of Christ

Tulsa OK

Jean Stokan, Director, Justice Team

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Washington, DC

The Rev. Rudolf J. Stohler

United Church of Christ

Fargo, ND

Rabbi Yaffa-Shira Sultan

Congregation Dor Hadash

San Diego, CA

The Rev. Laurie Sweigard, Pastor

Central Baptist Church,

Wayne, PA

The Rev. James L. Swenson,

United Methodist Church,

Prescott, AZ

The Rev. David Tatgenhorst, Pastor

St. Luke United Methodist Church,

Bryn Mawr, PA

** Rabbi David A. Teutsch

Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization

Director, Center for Jewish Ethics

Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Wyncote, PA

Rabbi David Leipziger Teva

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

University Jewish Chaplain

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Dr. William M. Tillman, Jr., Baptist

T. B. Maston Professor of Christian Ethics

Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX

The Rev. Maren Tirabassi, Pastor

Union Congregation, United Church of Christ

Madbury, NH

The Rev. Dr. J. Earl Thompson, Jr.

Guiles Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Family Studies Emeritus

Andover Newton Theological School

Newton Centre, MA

The Rev. Thomas Uphaus,

United Church of Christ

La Crescent, MN

The Rev. Dr. Laird A. Thomason

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

N. Bethesda, Maryland

The Rev. Dr. F. Gates Vrooman,

United Methodist Church,

Northern Illinois Conference,

Hillsborough, NC

The Rev. Myles H. Walburn, Retired Minister

United Church of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hil

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