Clergy from Rockford sign letter to president underscoring commitment to Sudan
From press release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Friday, Oct. 2, representatives from faith communities nationwide met with the Rev. Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, to voice concern about the conflict in Sudan. Members of the Interfaith Sudan Working Group delivered a letter to President Barack Obama, signed by 1,410 Christian, Jewish and Muslim clergy, including Pastor Elisabeth Johnson, the Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle, and Assistant to the Bishop of Northern Illinois Synod Hugh Clements from Rockford.
The letter emphasized the decades of war, famine, and marginalization inflicted upon the Sudanese, and urged the Obama administration to:
• Continue efforts to enforce the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan;
• Work with the international community to bring lasting and sustainable peace to Darfur; and
• Ensure that the 2006 agreement in Eastern Sudan is upheld.
The letter concluded with a message underscoring the group’s diverse religious background, unity around Sudan and Darfur, and support for Obama’s international leadership on the issue.
For his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people, Obama was named recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Oct. 9.
Dr. Stephen Colecchi, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivered the letter to the Rev. DuBois.
Dr. Colecchi said: “When I delivered the letter to Rev. DuBois, I emphasized the support for Sudan that the faith community can offer. The letter, signed by over 1,400 clergy, underscores our commitment to working with President Obama to bring lasting and sustainable peace to Darfur and Sudan.”
During the meeting, the faith leaders asked the Rev. DuBois to convey their message to Obama that Sudan should be a priority for his administration. The group also asked administration officials to incorporate important policy recommendations from the Interfaith Sudan Working Group when they convene regular meetings prior to the 2010 Sudanese elections and 2011 referendum. Violence against women, which has been reported in staggering numbers recently, was also an area of concern for the faith leaders.
To view the letter, visit: http://www.scribd.com/doc/20491444/Clergy-Letter-for-Moved-by-Faith.
Faith Leaders who attended the meeting included: Ruth Messinger, president, American Jewish World Service; Galen Carey, director of Government Affairs, National Association of Evangelicals; the Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, AME pastor; Co-Founder, My Sister’s Keeper; Alissa Karg, deputy regional director for Africa, Lutheran World Relief; Pastor Cindy Lapp, representative, Mennonite Central Committee; Pastor Hyattsville; Dr. Stephen Colecchi, director, Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop David Jones, bishop, Virginia, Episcopal Church; Imam Mohamed Magid, vice president, Islamic Society of North America; Director, ADAM’S Center; and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, archbishop, Armenian Church of America.
About Save Darfur Coalition: The Save Darfur Coalition—an alliance of more than 180 faith-based, advocacy and human rights organizations—raises public awareness about the ongoing genocide in Darfur and mobilizes a unified response to the atrocities that threaten the lives of people throughout the Darfur region. The coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur. For more information about the coalition, visit www.SaveDarfur.org.
About the Interfaith Sudan Working Group: The Interfaith Sudan Working Group is a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of faith-based organizations working for a peaceful Sudan. Member groups agree to a basic set of principles and meet regularly to coordinate work on Sudan from a faith perspective. Non-faith-based groups that are interested in being a part of and assisting with initiatives created by this group are given observer status.
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