The Common Good Press Items
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), a senior appropriator with close ties to Jewish groups, and the director of Half in Ten, Melissa Boteach, participated in a call with reporters on Wednesday to protest the Republican budget and discuss the impact of the proposal on poor families.
A group of U.S. Christian leaders including a cleric known for his closeness to Barack Obama called on the president to press Israel on accepting Palestinian statehood. Among them is Jim Wallis, the leader of the Sojourners, who has known Obama for over a decade and who strongly defended the candidate’s faith against attacks during the last election.
Obama also established a 25-member advisory council for the office to identify best practices, suggest improvements and make recommendations on the delivery of social services by faith-based and community organizations. In addition to Saperstein, others already named include Orlando, Fla.-based evanglical Christan Pastor Joel Hunter, Sojourners president and executive director Jim Wallis, African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie and Interfaith Youth Corps founder Eboo Patel.
The main Modern Orthodox rabbinical association says a prominent member violated its rules by participating in the National Prayer Service. The other four religious representatives to read part of the prayer were Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America; the Rev. Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America; the Rev. Suzan Johnson-Cook, senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship in New York City; the Rev. Carol Wade of the Washington National Cathedral; and Kirbyjon Caldwell, senior pastor of the Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston.