#faithendshate at Union Seminary

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, convened major national religious and faith leaders at our client, Union Theological Seminary, to speak out against hateful rhetoric and policies in the 2016 Presidential campaign. Speakers called for change that transcends partisanship to address the divisive state of politics that threaten American moral, ethical, and civic values.

Rev. Barber is Visiting Professor at Union, Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, and architect and organizer of the 2013 “Moral Mondays” demonstrations in North Carolina held in response to GOP legislation regarding Medicaid and gun control.


“When we know where your treasure is —  your policies on health care, education, immigration, gender issues, equal protection under the law, environmental stewardship —  then we will know where your heart is,” declared Rev. Barber. “If the heart of your policies are far from the things that deal with eradicating injustice, then no matter what you say, it is the policies you espouse that tell the true story in your heart.”

Attendees included:

  • Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Jim Wallis, Founder, Sojourners
  • Sister Janet Kinney, CSJ, Nun on the Bus
  • Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid, Imam, Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood
  • Dr. Ray Rivera, Executive Dir. Latino Pastoral Action Center
  • Dr. Frederick Haynes, Pastor, Friendship West Baptist Church
  • Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister, Riverside Church
  • Suzan Johnson Cook, former US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
  • Jerusha T. Lamptey, Director, Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program & Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry, Union Seminary
  • Julio Medina, Executive Director, founder and CEO, Exodus Transitional Community, Inc.
  • Father James Martin, SJ, Editor-at-Large, America Media
  • Dr. Katharine Henderson, President, Auburn Seminary
  • Dr. James Forbes, President, Drum Major Institute; Founder and Director, The Healing of the Nations

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