Clergy urge Congress to come together for civility

January 13, 2011

A coalition of more than 50 mainline and evangelical Protestant,
Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders have sent an open letter to Congress
urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent
and vitriolic political rhetoric."

The clergy statement, printed
January 13 in a full-page ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call,
also said: "In our churches, mosques and synagogues, we come together
not as members of a certain political ideology or party, but as children
of God and citizens called to build a more perfect union," the letter
said. "We pray that you do the same."

Among mainline leaders
signing the letter were Peg Chemberlin of the National Council of
Churches, Pres­byterian Gradye Parsons, Geoffrey Black of the United
Church of Christ  and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson of the Reformed Church
in America. —RNS

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