Disciples News Service

Watkins joins other leaders to congratulate new president

November 13, 2012

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:
Congratulations on your re-election. We, and the religious bodies and faith-based organizations we represent, look forward to working with you and your Administration during the next four years to
help our nation live up to the promise of liberty and justice for all.

As people of faith, we are mindful that all are called to active concern for all human beings and to respect and care for all of creation. Our faith inspires us with hope as we join with you in seeking a
world envisioned by the prophet Micah, in which “They shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid.” (Micah 4:4).

Responding to human suffering, upholding human dignity, protecting the natural environment, and seeking true human security for our neighbors near and far – actions at the moral center of our faith
traditions – are deeply imbedded in the shared values of the American people. Our faith traditions affirm that both government and the governed have a profound responsibility to carry out these

Our nation will grapple with challenging domestic and global issues during the next four years, including rising inequality, economic injustice, violations of human rights and freedom of religion,
environmental degradation, and peacemaking in a divided world. We commit ourselves to supporting initiatives to enact just and compassionate policies that will serve the common good, strengthen our
commitments to care for each other, and ensure that there is enough for everyone. Since budgets are statements of our shared priorities, we look forward to working with you to create
a faithful budget – one that responds to the needs of all people, especially for those struggling with poverty, illness, and other conditions of vulnerability. Adequate revenue is essential to such a
budget, so that our nation might live into our shared commitment to empower everyone to be free from need and from fear.

Please be assured that our prayers, and the prayers of people of faith across the country, will be with you and your Administration as you continue the important work of public service on behalf of a
more just, peaceful and compassionate world.

Yours in faith,
A. Roy Medley, General Secretary
American Baptist Churches USA

Dr. Aidsand F. Wright-Riggins III
American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Ruth Messinger, President
American Jewish World Service

J. Brent Walker, Executive Director,
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

James E. Hug, S.J., President
Center of Concern

Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister
and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the
United States and Canada

Ray Martin, Executive Director
Christian Connections for International Health

Rev. John L. McCullough, President & CEO
Church World Service

Rev. John Edmunds, S.T., President
Conference of Major Superiors of Men

The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts
Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director
for Interfaith and Community Alliances
Islamic Society of North America

Kim Bobo, Executive Director
Interfaith Worker Justice

Rabbi Steve Gutow, President
Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Florence Deacon, OSF, President
Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Kathleen McNeely, Executive Director
Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns

J. Ron Byler, Executive Director

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Very Rev. William Antone OMI, Provincial USP
Missionary Oblates

Rev. William Morton, SSC
Acting Regional Director, United States
Missionary Society of St. Columban

Salam Al-Marayati, President
Muslim Public Affairs Council

Jack Payden-Travers, Director
National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund

Peg Birk, Transitional General Secretary
National Council of Churches

Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director
National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director
NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Rev. Dr. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr., Interim General
Progressive National Baptist Convention

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Sister Patricia McDermott, President
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

The Rev. Peter Morales, President
Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Geoffrey Black, General Minister and
United Church of Christ

Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, President
United Methodist Council of Bishops