|Churches Appeal to and Pledge Support to New US President on Issues of Peace and Poverty|
New York, NY, January 20, 2009--Several ecumenical Christian groups in the United States both appealed to and pledged to support the president in matters dealing with peace, poverty, and human rights.
Timed to the inauguration of Barack H. Obama on January 20, the letters and statements represent a broad spectrum of Christian groups.
The US Conference of the World Council of Churches sent Mr. Obama a letter urging him, the citizens of the US, and the churches to take up a list of concerns, many of which were, in fact, mentioned in the new president's inaugural address.
The World Council letter said:
Much is required of you and us if we are to begin to turn things around. We must take responsibility for and work together to:
The full text of the letter can be read online at oikoumene.org. The United Methodist Church is a member of the World Council of Churches, composed of Protestant and Eastern Orthodox communions that collectively have 590 million members.
Earlier, Christian Churches Together in the USA, a broadly ecumenical organization, sent the president-elect a letter focused on the need for more governmental, civic, and religious action to overcome poverty in the US. Like the World Council letter, this appeal also contained pledges of religious action. The document said:
Christian Churches Together will promote its commitment to overcoming domestic poverty by inviting all Christians and all people, especially our leaders in public life, to embrace and implement the following objectives:
The United Methodist Church is also a member of Christian Churches Together, whose letter can be found online at www.christianchurchestogether.org/poverty.
Other religious organizations, including those concerned with US immigration, peace in the Middle East, and other causes timed appeals to the new president to coincide with the inauguration. Christian groups outside the US also sent messages, including the Christian Peace Network in Japan.
See also Texts of Prayers at Inauguration of President Obama; Global Ministries News - 1/20/09
Date posted: Jan 20, 2009