Mainline churches pledge support for Obama

"I am filled with hope"
Mainline churches, mostly out of the D.C. loop during the eight years of the Bush administration, were quick to embrace the winner of the long race to the White House.

“Only rarely in our history has a president-elect faced immediate challenges of such fierce magnitude,” said an open letter to Barack Obama from National Council of Churches leaders who pledged their “unstinting support.”

The NCC’s 35 member denominations “stand ready to work with you” on issues that reflect guiding principles of equal opportunities for justice, shelter, education and health care, said the November 5 letter signed by general secretary Michael Kinnamon.

The NCC principles also include, he said, the idea “that war, even when it is necessary to defend ourselves or the weak or the oppressed, is never the will of God.”


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