Christ there is no Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female” (Galatians
There is no difference between races, classes, or genders
in the salvation that Christ brings to us all. This is essential to the work of
Jesus Christ, and the early church made a clear choice to create a
multiracial Christian community. Therefore, a multiracial body of Christ is not
only admirable—it is intrinsic, mandated, and expected by God.
But today in America, we as Christian leaders are morally
concerned about the deluge of incidents this year that have revealed how the
factors of race have yet to be resolved or, as we would say, reconciled.
incidents like the killings of Trayvon Martin and Jonathan
Ferrell, as well as this year’s Supreme Court decision that removed a key
provision of the Voting Rights Act reveal
the racial divides at the heart of our nation. It is time for the multiracial
body of Christ to be clear that we are in this together. These issues are all
of our issues. We are one church. We are one body.
Therefore, together, we pledge to:
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National Pledge Signers
Dr. Paul Alexander: Co-President, Evangelicals for Social ActionOnleilove Alston: Organizer, The Center for Race, Religion, and Economic Democracy (C-RRED) at Union Theological Seminary Professor Randall Balmer: Chair, Department of Religion, Dartmouth CollegeDr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr.: President, Progressive National Baptist Convention, IncRev. Leroy Barber: Global Executive Director, Word Made FleshRev. Dr. William J. Barber, II. Senior Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); Leader, North Carolina Moral Monday MovementDeborah Blue: Executive Minister of Compassion, Mercy, & Justice, Evangelical Covenant ChurchRev. Joel Boot: Executive Director, Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaDr. Peter Borgdorff : Executive Director Emeritus, Christian Reformed Church Rev. Jennifer Butler: CEO, Faith in Public LifeSister Simone Campbell, SSS: Executive Director, NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice LobbyDr. Tony Campolo: Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Eastern University, St. Davids, PARev. Mae Elise Cannon: Author, Social Justice Handbook (IVP, 2009) & Just Spirituality (IVP, 2013)Rev. Noel Castellanos: CEO, Christian Community Development AssociationMark Charles: Board Member, Christian Community Development Association; Author, Reflections from the HoganRev. Eugene E. Cho: Lead Pastor, Quest ChurchRichard Cizik: President, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common GoodShane Claiborne: Author & Activist, The Simple WayChristena Cleveland: social psychologist, author of Disunity in ChristCarolyn Custis James: Author/Speaker & President, WhitbyForumDr. Kit Daley: President, Neighborhood Ministries, Phoenix, AZMarie Dennis: Co-President, Pax Christi InternationalDr. J. Mark DeYmaz: Founding Pastor, Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas; Author, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church; Leading a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church; Real Community TransformationJoshua DuBois: Author of "The President's Devotional," Founder, Values Partnerships, Former Director, White House Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships"Peggy Flanagan: Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-MinnesotaRev. Dr. Ken Fong: Senior Pastor Asian American Initiative, Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles (Rosemead); Executive Director, Fuller Theological SeminaryDr. Wayne L. Gordon: President, Christian Community Development Association Pastor Aaron Graham: Lead Pastor, The District ChurchRev. Dr. Wesley Granberg-Michaelson: Adviser for Ecumenical Relationships, General Secretary Emeritus Reformed Church in AmericaDr. David P. Gushee: Director, Center for Theology and Public LifeRev. Dr. Cynthia Hale: Senior Pastor, Ray of Hope Christian ChurchBishop Mark S. Hanson: Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaRev. Adam Hamilton: Senior pastor, Church of the ResurrectionLisa Sharon Harper: Director of Mobilizing, SojournersDr. Frederick D. Haynes: Senior Pastor, Friendship West Baptist ChurchJerry S. Herbert, Ph.D.: Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Service, Pepperdine UniversityDr. Joel C. Hunter: Pastor, Northland ChurchLynne Hybels: Advocate for Global Engagement, Willow Creek Community ChurchTroy Jackson: Director, Ohio Prophetic VoicesThe Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori: Presiding Bishop and Primate,The Episcopal ChurchThomas L. Jones: Ambassador-At-Large for the CEO Senior Leadership Team, Habitat for Humanity InternationalKathy Khang: Regional Multiethnic Director, InterVarsity Christian FellowshipTony Kriz: Author, "Neighbors and Wise Men: Sacred Encounters in a Portland Pub and Other Unexpected Places"Rev. Carlos Malavé: Executive Director, Christian Churches TogetherBishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie: 10th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal ChurchRev. Brian D. McLaren: Pastor & Author, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? (Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World)A. Roy Medley: General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USADr. Paul Louis Metzger: , author, speaker, educator, Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans), Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson); Professor of Christian Theology & Theology of Culture, Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, Multnomah UniversityRev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.: Pastor Emeritus, Mt. Olivet Institutional Baptist ChurchRev. Dr. Otis Moss III: Pastor, Trinity United Church of ChristRev. Rich Nathan: Senior Pastor, Vineyard ColumbusMary Nelson: Executive Director, Council of a Parliament of the World's ReligionsRev. Glenn Palmberg: Former President, Evangelical Covenant ChurchDr. John M. Perkins: Founder and President, John M. Perkins Foundation; Founder and Board Chair Emeritus, Christian Community Development AssociationThe Rev. Dr. Neal D. Presa: Moderator, 220th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Dr. Soong-Chan Rah: Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological SeminaryPastor Rudy Rasmus: Pastor & Author, St. John's United Methodist ChurchRev. Frank M. Reid III: Senior Pastor, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal ChurchChris Rice: Director, Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation; Author, More Than EqualsRev. Bruce Reyes-Chow: Speaker, Author and Former Moderator, The 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA)Rev. William D. Roberts: Rector, St. Gregory's Episcopal ChurchRev Gabriel Salguero: President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC)Rev Alexia Salvatierra: Special Assistant to the Bishop in charge of Welcoming Congregations, Southwest California Synod, ELCADr. Stephen Schneck: Director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of AmericaDr. Ron Sider: President Emeritus, Evangelicals for Social ActionDr. Andrea Smith: Board member, North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies; Co-founder, Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE!Matthew Soerens: co-author, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion, and Truth in the Immigration DebateGlen Stassen: Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological SeminaryRichard Stearns: President, World VisionAdam Taylor: Vice President, Advocacy, World VisionDr. Al Tizon: Co-President, Evangelicals for Social ActionJustin K.H. Tse: Ph.D. Candidate, The University of British Columbia at VancouverRev. Jim Wallis: Founder and President, SojournersRev. Sharon Watkins: General Minister & President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Bishop Don diXon Williams: Associate for African American Church Relations, Bread for the WorldDr. Barbara Williams-Skinner: President, Skinner Leadership InstituteJonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: Executive Director, School for Conversion; Author, Strangers at My DoorDr. Randy and Edith Woodley: Eagle's Wings Ministry, Inc.; Eloheh Farm and VillageKen Wytsma: Founder, The Justice Conference; President, Kilns College------------------------------------------------
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