Clergy urge Congress to come together for civility
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