The Common Good

American Leaders of Churches and Faith-Based Organizations Come Together As Diverse Delegation Heading to London for a Joint UK/US Ecumenical Forum on G-8 Summit

Source: Sojourners
Date: June 23, 2005

For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Media Contacts:
Jack Pannell, Sojourners, jpannell@sojo.net, 202/328-8842, x 214
John Brennan, Bread for the World, jbrennan@bread.org, 202/639-9400, x. 208
Brian Peterson, World Vision, bpeterson@worldvision.org 407/445-6484

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American Leaders of Churches and Faith-Based Organizations Come Together As Diverse Delegation Heading to London for a Joint UK/US Ecumenical Forum on G-8 Summit

Question: What do the following fourteen American Christian leaders representing Protestant, Catholic and Evangelical churches and faith-based organizations all have in common?

Rev. David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World
Rev. Rich Cizik, VP of Government Affairs at the National Association of Evangelicals
Mr. Robb Davis, Director of the Mennonite Central Committee
Commissioner William Francis, International Secretary of the Salvation Army
Rev. Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary of the Reformed Church in America
Mr. Mark Lancaster, Coordinator, Presbyterian Hunger Program
Bishop George McKinney, Presidium of the Church of God in Christ
Dr. Glenn Palmberg, President of the Evangelical Covenant Church
Rev. Ron Sider, President and Founder of Evangelicals for Social Action
Father Andrew Small, Policy Advisor, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mr. Rich Stearns, President of World Vision U.S.
Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Coordinator/CEO, World Evangelical Alliance
Rev. Jim Wallis, Executive Director of Sojourners and Convener of Call to Renewal
Bishop Peter Weaver, President of the United Methodist Church Council of Bishops
Bishop Peter Rogness, Bishop of St. Paul Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Answer: A commitment to urge World Leaders attending the upcoming G-8 Summit to reach bold and new breakthroughs to overcome global poverty.

Washington, D.C. - In a historic moment of unity and commitment to reducing global poverty, a distinguished and diverse delegation of U.S. Religious Leaders will depart for a transatlantic religious leaders’ forum on the G8 Summit on Monday June 27th . Over 35 British and American leaders of churches and faith-based organizations will meet in London to discuss, pray and reflect on uplifting global poverty as the top agenda item for the upcoming G8 Summit. The trans-Atlantic delegation will meet with British Chancellor Gordon Brown. The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will host a discussion Forum with the British and American religious leaders at Lambeth Palace in London on Wednesday, June 29th. A press conference at Lambeth Palace will follow the Forum.

WHAT: A Press Conference with American Church Leaders and Heads of Faith-Based Organizations. (See list above) The Delegation will depart following the press conference for London. The delegation will meet with British counterparts for two days of discussion, prayer and reflection, culminating in a Forum at Lambeth Palace moderated and hosted by The Most Reverend and Right Honorable Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

REPORTERS, PRODUCERS AND EDITORS may attend via teleconference call. Please call 1-800-914-3320, access code 4949335# AT 1:00 PM.

WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 27TH AT 1:00PM

WHERE: NATIONAL PRESS CLUB, 529 14TH St., NW, 13th Floor, First Amendment Room

WHO: Rev. Jim Wallis, Executive Director of Sojourners, hosts a press conference with fourteen American Religious Leaders from different faiths and perspectives. The leaders form a delegation attending the first Lambeth Forum on the G-8 Summit, which is an ecumenical trans-Atlantic forum addressing the crisis of global poverty in advance of the G8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland from July 4-6.

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