Disciples News Service

Church Leaders Call For Obama To Make Poverty And Peace A Priority

WCCGeneral Minister and President Sharon E. Watkins preached to a gathering of senior U.S. church leaders at a public ecumenical service in Washington, D.C. last week. Watkins sermon, "Glory to God, and Peace on Earth," was part of the United States Conference for the World Council of Churches, and was themed: "Making Peace: Claiming God’s Promise." The ecumenical service took place at National City Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where Watkins was joined by several other Disciples clergy, including Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and Stephen Gentle, Senior Pastor of National City Christian Church.

The faith leaders met in the nation’s capital from Dec. 2-4. As part of their work, the group began drafting a message to President-elect Barack Obama expressing the hope that the incoming administration will quickly look at ways to reduce poverty, improve education, and look at issues such as Iraq and immigration. For more, see: www.ncccusa.org/news/081206usconfobama.html