The Common Good

Quotations from Chairman Yahweh

Date: September 9, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Nuns on the Bus are part of an unprecedented coalition of liberal, mainline, evangelical, and Pentecostal groups that oppose federal budget cuts in programs that help the programs. Sister Simone is one of the founding members of the Circle of Protection that came together last year to protect these programs. 

The Circle of Protection members also include the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Council of Churches, Bread for the World, Sojourners, the Alliance to End Hunger, the Salvation Army, the National African American Clergy Network, the National Baptist Convention of America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and others. (You can join at

“As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare,” the organizers said in a statement of purpose. “We look at every budget proposal from the bottom up—how it treats those Jesus called ‘the least of these.’” (Matthew 25:45).

“They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences and common resources,” the organizers said. “The Christian community has an obligation to help them be heard, to join with others to insist that programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world are protected. We know from our experience serving hungry and homeless people that these programs meet basic human needs and protect the lives and dignity of the most vulnerable. We believe that God is calling us to pray, fast, give alms, and to speak out for justice.”