2,000+ Faith Leaders Condemn Governors’
Rejection of Syrian Refugees
Open letter from faith community also commends leaders welcoming refugees
Washington, DC - More than 2,000 faith leaders from across the nation have adamantly rejected the proposals of two dozen United States governors to close their states’ doors to Syrian refugees fleeing the unspeakable cruelty of ISIS.
Today, Faith in Public Life released an open letter from a broad range of religious leaders – including Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life; Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; and prominent theologian Walter Brueggemann– calling the governors to welcome refugees and reject the politics of fear and cruelty.
“The Statue of Liberty is not etched with the message ‘Christians only,’” said Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life. “Our elected officials have a responsibility to protect the nation, but turning away families who risk their lives to escape the destruction of war is unnecessary and wrong. America can prevent attacks without turning our backs on desperate refugees.”
The letter reads in part:
As faith leaders, we seek to honor Scripture’s call to protect the refugee and the immigrant. As it is written in the Hebrew Scriptures, “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
These leaders also condemn in the strongest terms proposals to discriminate against refugees on the basis of religion.
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November 5, 2015
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Faith in Public Life CEO Jennifer Butler Named Chair of President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Washington, DC– Faith in Public Life is pleased to announce that Executive Director and CEO, Rev. Jennifer Butler, has been named the chair of the President’s Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Said Butler, on learning of the appointment, “I’m deeply honored to be chosen for this position and very excited about the opportunities this platform presents to move forward the faith community’s work on issues of poverty and inequality. When the faith community comes together, we really can transform society. That’s the beauty of this council.”’
The council brings together religious and secular leaders, as well as experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and community organizations. The charge for the group is to focus on steps the government should take to in partnership with faith- and community-based organizations to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all. Such steps include changes in policies, programs and practices that affect the delivery of crucial services in low-income and underserved communities.
The council also includes Dr. Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America; Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director of the Coalition on Human Needs; Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World; and 14 other prominent faith leaders.
Rev. Butler is the founding CEO of Faith in Public Life. From 1996 to 2005, she represented the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the United Nations. She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. Faith in Public Life is incredibly proud of Rev. Butler and her work to advance justice, compassion and the common good.
To interview Rev. Butler, please contact Allison Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-499-4093.
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October 26, 2015
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Georgia Clergy Call Legislators to Support Working Families
Atlanta, GA – On Thursday, October 22, faith leaders delivered a letter signed by more than 100 Georgia clergy to Senator Isakson calling on Congress to protect the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.
Signers include Rabbi Peter Berg, Rev. Dr. Sam Davis, Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale and Rev. Kelly Barge.
John A. Berry, CEO of Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia called attention to the importance of these tax credits saying,
“Many people struggle to meet every day needs and the relief that the EITC would provide around tax time would be a great help in making their lives a little easier as they continue to work to provide for their families”
The EITC and CTC are among the nation’s strongest tools to help working families escape poverty and achieve greater self-sufficiency and dignity. Together, they lifted 9.4 million people out of poverty— and made 22 million others less poor – in 2013.
Rev. William Flippin Jr., part of the group that delivered the letter, reacted to the experience:
“We were glad to get to discuss the EITC with the Senator’s office. It is crucial to find ways to aid working families and Senator Isakson’s commitment to helping them is refreshing.”
A full copy of the letter can be found here.
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