The Common Good

Clergy, Religious Leaders Address Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Crisis with ‘Faithful Filibuster’

Date: October 8, 2013

Media Advisory

October 8, 2013

Contact: Shannon Craig Straw, West End Strategy Team, 202-674-5921,

WASHINGTON – Clergy and religious leaders will gather across from the U.S. Capitol tomorrow to read the more than 2,000 verses of Scripture charging humanity to care for hungry and poor people. This “Faithful Filibuster,” which will include leaders from the National Association of Evangelicals, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bread for the World and Sojourners, will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Oct. 9 and will continue at the beginning of each day’s session of Congress.

The “Faithful Filibuster” aims to remind congressional leaders of the biblical mandate to protect the most vulnerable people. It is organized by the Circle of Protection, a coalition of faith leaders supporting programs that meet the essential needs of hungry and poor people at home and abroad.

The event is open to media. Interview opportunities with religious leaders in attendance will be available.

Clergy and religious leaders undertake a “Faithful Filibuster” to remind Congress that its dysfunction hurts struggling families and low-income people, and to call on Congress to pass a budget that cares for the poor and vulnerable. 

Jim Wallis, president, Sojourners
Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World
Galen Carey, vice president, National Association of Evangelicals

Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. EST

The United Methodist Building
100 Maryland Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002

RSVP is requested. To RSVP, please contact Shannon Craig Straw at


The Circle of Protection is composed of more than 65 heads of denominations, relief and development agencies, and other Christian organizations. For more information, please visit