Washington, D.C., July 15, 2016 – Christian leaders with the Circle of Protection have asked for meetings with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to discuss the presumptive presidential nominees’ “plans for offering help and opportunity to hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.”
The Circle of Protection represents a diverse array of Christian denominations, churches, colleges, and agencies across the country.
The letters sent to the presumptive nominees read, in part:
“The calling to public service is a sacred vocation, and we hold both you and [the other nominee] in our prayers. We are leaders of Christian communions, organizations, and schools who care deeply about hunger and poverty, and we are praying for a president who shares that concern.
“Our churches and organizations are deeply engaged with many of God’s children who work hard every day, but nonetheless struggle to make ends meet. Our own experience of God’s mercy and compassion in Jesus Christ moves us to engage in God’s work of overcoming human misery.
“Last September, the nations of the world committed themselves to Sustainable Development Goals that focus on ending poverty and hunger by 2030. Many of us joined Pope Francis in welcoming that commitment and praying for divine blessing on these efforts.
“Progress against hunger and poverty will require action by all sectors of society and by all the nations of the world. Yet a shift in U.S. national priorities is an essential next step. People of goodwill can disagree about policy strategies, but little progress will be made unless our next president takes a strong leadership role in making that progress a priority.
“We request an opportunity for a group of us to meet, talk, and pray with you as you pursue our nation’s highest office.”
Read the letter with signatories here: circleofprotection.us/trump-clinton
Please note: Disciple leaders are among the signatories on this letter.
Chris Ford, Bread for the World, 520-904-0415, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Mershon, Sojourners, 202-745-4654, email@example.com
Sarah Kropp, National Association of Evangelicals, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Martin, National Council of Churches (USA), 202-481-6929, email@example.com