The Common Good

Leading clergy sign letter calling for end to toxic political rhetoric

Source: Denver Post
Date: January 14, 2011

 More than 50 religious leaders have signed an open letter to Congress calling for national "soul-searching" and an end to rancorous political rhetoric in the wake of Saturday's deadly shooting in Tucson.

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Signers included megachurch pastors Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Rev. Joel Hunter, nationally prominent Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Episcopal Diocese of Arizona Bishop Kirk Smith, Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Rev. Richard Cizik of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good and the Rev. Peg Chemberlin, president of the National Council of Churches, which represents 100,000 U.S. congregations of 45 million people.