The Rev. Wendy Bausman, associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. David Houdeschell, staff minister at New Vision United Church of Christ, are among 1,300 pastors around the country who have signed the pledge so far promising not to use politics, and specifically, a candidate’s religious beliefs, to foster discord.
The initiative was launched by Sojourners and the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good.
“I read it, and I thought ‘This is me,’ ” Bausman said of the pledge. “It’s helping me to keep track of my own behavior; what I say and do. I saw it as adding my voice to pastors and other people of faith to help send the message that we believe in being civil is a calling of our faith.”