taking the words of Jesus seriously


EDITOR’S NOTE: During this holiest of weeks, when Christians around the world remember the execution of our Lord, 400 faith leaders have joined together to call for an end to the death penalty. As dozens of Red Letter Christians have signed on to the call, we are proud to share the joint statement and full list of signatories here.


As Christians preparing for the holy days of Christ’s suffering and death on the cross, we speak out with renewed urgency against the death penalty. Torture and execution is always a profound evil, made even more abhorrent when sanctioned by the government in the name of justice when other means of protecting society are available. All who reverence the sanctity of human life, created in the image of God, must never remain silent when firing squads, lethal injections, electric chairs and other instruments of death are viewed as morally acceptable.


We urge governors, prosecutors, judges and anyone entrusted with power to do all that they can to end a practice that diminishes our humanity and contributes to a culture of violence and retribution without restoration. We especially ask public officials who are Christian to join us in the solidarity of prayer this week as we meditate on the wounds of injustice that sicken our society. In many ways, capital punishment is the rotten fruit of a culture that is sown with the seeds of poverty, inequality, racism and indifference to life. We silence our hearts in prayer for those killed and families who mourn their loss. We can never know your pain and anger. Let us work together for healing, restorative justice and a system that punishes criminals without bringing more darkness and death into our world. As Pope Francis has reminded us, capital punishment is “cruel, inhumane and degrading” and “does not bring justice to the victims, but only foments revenge.”


It remains a shameful reality that the United States is one of the few developed nations in the world that still executes its citizens. Last week, the governor of Utah signed a bill that will bring back firing squads. Missouri recently executed a prisoner with severe brain damage. In Georgia, hundreds of clergy and other faith leaders have asked the state to commute the death sentence of Kelly Gissendaner, a Christian and student of theology, to life without parole. Several botched executions in recent years have pulled back the veil on this inhumane and ineffective practice. We are heartened by polling that shows Americans are increasingly opposed to the death penalty. Now is a critical time. The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced it would take up an appeal by a Florida death-row inmate challenging the state’s capital sentencing procedure, which permits inmates to be executed even when the jury is not unanimous. In April, The Supreme Court will hear a case that will decide the constitutionality of lethal injection protocols in Oklahoma.


In this sacred season of suffering, death and new life, we pray that our simple Christian witness is received with open hearts.


In faith,

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza (Ret.) Former President
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Houston, TX

Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. Anti-Death Penalty Activist Houston, TX

Bishop William Skylstad (ret.) Former President
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Spokane, WA

Mrs. Lynne Hybels
Author and Advocate for Global Engagement Chicago, IL

Dr. Miguel Diaz
Ambassador to the Holy See, Ret.
The John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Mr. Shane Claiborne Author and Activist Red Letter Christians Camden, NJ

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero
The Lamb’s Church
National Latino Evangelical Coalition Newark, NJ

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

Rev. Jim Wallis Founder and President Sojourners Washington, DC

Very Rev. Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J.
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States Washington, DC

Dr. Brian McLaren Convergence Marco Island, FL

Ms. Lisa Sharon Harper Senior Director of Mobilzing Sojourners
Washington, DC

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber
House for All Sinners and Saints Denver, CO

Ms. Heather Beaudoin
National Coordinator for Evangelical Outreach EJ USA

Mr. Ron Sider
President Emeritus Evangelicals for Social Action Wayne, PA

Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez, C.S.B. Diocese of Las Cruces
Las Cruces, NM

Mr. Richard Cizik
Evangelicals for the Common Good Oak Ridge, TN

Rev. Dr. Curtis DeYoung Executive Director Community Renewal Society Chicago, IL

Rev. Jennifer Keating
Divine Life New Thought Church Garland, TX

Rev. Brian Zahnd Senior Pastor
Word of Life Church St. Joseph, MO

Rev. Robin LaBolt
Sycamore United Church of Christ Sycamore, OH

Rev.Dr. Greg Boyd Senior Pastor Woodland Hills Church Maplewood, MN

Rev. Dr. Michael Pahls
Trinity in the Fields Anglican Church Memphis Theological Seminary Marion, AR

Dr. Sandra Yocum
Department Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Mr. Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Director
School for Conversion
St. Johns Baptist Church Durham, NC

Rev. Kay Barckley University Temple UMC Seattle, WA

Rev. Dr. Joerg Rieger
Perkins School of Theology, SMU Dallas, TX

Rev. Fred Kammer, S.J.
Jesuit Social Research Institute Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Rev. Tommy Sheppard
St. Francis Old Catholic Church Memphis, TN

Rev. Dr. Keith Spencer Trinity Lutheran Pembroke Pines, FL

Rev. Douglas Veal
Daleville Church of the Brethren Daleville, VA

Rev. Alexandra Hendrickson
Chaplain and Director of Religious & Spiritual Life Presbyterian Church (USA)
Lafayette College
Easton, PA

Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher Professor of Theology
Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Rev. William Coates
First Baptist of Gainesville Gainesville, GA

Rev. Bryan Massingale Professor of Theological Ethics Marquette University Milwaukee, WI

Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings
Lutheran Campus Ministry at The University of Washington Seattle, WA

Rev. Judith Sarkozy Brandt Oak Park UMC
Paris, TX

Rev. Jonathan Davis Urbanna Baptist Church Urbanna, VA

Rev. Deborah Piggins St. Andrew’s
Mount Holly, NJ

Rev. Nathan Russell
Cochran Chapel United Methodist Church Fort Worth, TX

Rev. Mark Wilkinson
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church Virginia Beach, VA

Rev. Brian Green The Bridge Phoenix, AZ

Rev. Gregory McCaw Micah’s Rule, LLC Wilmington, NC

Rev. Dr. David Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics First Baptist Church Decatur
Mercer University
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood
Minister of Social Justice
Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ Hope for Peace and Justice
Dallas, TX

Bishop Robert Wright Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Atlanta, GA

Rev. Cathy Zappa
Arrendale State Prison / Candler School of Theology Cathedral of St. Philip
Atlanta, GA

Dr. William J. Collinge
University Professor of Theology and Philosophy Mount St. Mary’s University
Emmitsburg, MD

Dr. Lloyd Steffen
Professor of Religion Studies Director of the Lehigh Prison Project Lehigh University
Bethlehem, PA

Rev. Dr. James Lamkin Northside Drive Baptist Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. David Fields
Fairfax Charge
The United Methodist Church Fairfax, SC

Mr. Jonathan Walton, Director Director
New Life Fellowship InterVarsity’s NYCUP

Jackson Heights, NY

Dr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM Assoc. Prof. of Theology Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Dr. J. Matthew Ashley
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theology University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Dr. Joseph J. Fahey
Professor of Religious Studies Manhattan College
Bronx, NY

Dr. Paulette Skiba, BVM Professor of Religious Studies Clarke University
Dubuque, IA

Rev. Cheryl Stratton First United Methodist Lincoln, ME

Rev. Kendy Swartzendruber First UMC
Iowa Falls, IA

Rev. April Berends

Sewanee, TN

Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue Detroit, MI

Rev. Justin Thornburgh Emerson Avenue Baptist Church Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Vincent J. Miller
Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Vicar Eric Worringer
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Arlington, MA

Sr. Margaret Ann Arnold Margaret Ann Arnold School Sisters of St. Francis Milwaukee, WI

Rev. Jodi Golden-Lund Good Shepherd Fresno, CA

Rev. Elaine Puckett Retired
United Methodist Church Norcross, GA

Dr. Gerald J. Beyer
Associate Professor of Theology Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Mr. Brett Hertzog Betkoski Vicar
First Lutheran Church East Greenwich, RI

Rev. Carol Howard Merritt Mercy Junction Chattanooga, TN

Sr. Cassandra Norsworthy St Barnabas
Wilmington, DE

Rev. William Starkweather
Lutheran Parish of Northern Dutchess Rhinebeck, NY

Dr. Daniel Finn
Clemens Professor in Economics and the Liberal Arts St. John’s University
Collegeville, MN

Mr. Christopher G. Kerr Executive Director
Ignatian Solidarity Network Cleveland, OH

Rev. Brian Joyce Trinity UMC Ewing, NJ

Sr. Mary Ellen Loch
Peace and Justice Coordinator Congregation of St. Joseph Wichita, KS

Rev. Steven Vornov Virginia UMC Hopewell, VA

Mr. Patrick Carolan Executive Director Franciscan Action Network Washington, DC

Dr. Laurie Johnston
Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Emmanuel College
Boston, MA

Rev. Edwin Beckham
Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
Covington, GA

Rev. Peggy Hayes
Our Redeemer Lutheran Dumont, NJ

Rev. Ryusho Jeffus ShoninMyosho-ji
Wonderful Voice Buddhist Temple Charlotte, NC

Sr. Rose Therese Nolta
Justice and Peace Coordinator Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters Northfield, IL

Ms. Micky Jones
Director of Training and Program Development Transform Network
Spring Hill, TN

Dr. David True
Associate Professor of Religion Wilson College
Chambersburg, PA

Sr. Paticia Chappell Executive Director Pax Christi USA Washington, DC

Rev. Alan Combs Lane Memorial UMC Altavista, VA

Rev. Lindsay Harren-Lewis First Presbyterian Allentown, PA

Rev. Daniel Lyman
First Lutheran Church, Brooksville Ridge Manor, FL

Ms. Holly Roach
Board Chair
Open Hearts Gathering Transform Network Gastonia, NC

Dr. Randall Woodard
Associate Professor of Theology Saint Leo University
St. Leo, FL

Mr. Nicholas P. Cafardi
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law Duquesne University
Pittsburg, PA

Rev. Leon Clymore Oakhurst Baptist Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Sheryle L Lyman Marriage and Family Therapist First Presbyterian Church Crystal River, FL

Rev. David Meredith Clifton UMC Cincinnati, OH

Ms. Onleilove Alston Executive Director Faith in New York New York, NY

Dr. Anthony J. Godzieba
Professor of Theology & Religious Studies Villanova University
Villanova, PA

Rev. Susan Allen Grady
Oak Grove United Methodist Church Decatur, GA

Rev. Clyde Denny First UMC- Siler City Siler City, NC

Rev. Patricia Merchant Epiphany Episcopal Atlanta, VA

Dr. Heidi Ann Russell Assistant Professor Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL

Dr. Kevin Ahern
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies VP, North America – ICMICA-Pax Romana Manhattan College
Bronx, NY

Rev. Bec Cranford-Smith Church of The Misfits Douglasville, GA

Rev. Kevin Baker Grace Church Elmwood Park, IL

Rev. Jonathan Gaylord Providence UMC Marion, NC

Rev. Vicki Kemper
First Congregational Church, UCC Amherst, MA

Rev. Taylor Pafford Northside UMC Atlanta, GA

Dr. Brian Schmisek
Director, Institute of Pastoral Studies Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rev. Margot Starbuck Presbyterian Church USA Durham, NC

Ms. Jocelyn Collen, M.Div.

Campus Minister Fairfield University Fairfield, CT

Dr. John Sniegocki
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Rev. Shawn Casselberry Executive Director
Lawndale Community Church Chicago, IL

Rev. Drew Hart
Montco Bible Fellowship
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Eric Liles Rector
St. Paul’s Church Ivy, VA

Rev. Elizabeth Magill Worcester Fellowship Worcester, MA

Dr. Charles T. Strauss Assistant Professor of History Mount St. Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD

Rev. Mary Sweet
Whitehill (MI) UMC charge Whitehall, MI

Rev. Anna Montgomery The Catacomb Churches Lake Stevens, WA

Dr. Terrence W. Tilley
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Professor of Catholic Theology Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Rev. Dr. David Bevel Jones Decatur First United Methodist Decatur, GA

Rev. Dr. T. Randall Smith
Marvin United Methodist Church Texas Impact
Tyler, TX

Rev. Geoffrey Grubbs Senior Associate Northside Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Edgar Bazan
Oak Cliff United Methodist Church Dallas, TX

Rev. Jerry Gentry Oakhurst Baptist Church Decatur, GA

Rev. Pat Honszer
First Moravian of Easton Easton, PA

Rev. Nathan Albert Christ Church
East Greenwich, RI

Rev. Kevin Young
St. John’s United Methodist Church Lubbock, TX

Rev. David Mingus First UMC Cleveland, OK

Rev. Kendall Odle
Home Community Church Turlock, CA

Rev. David Lewicki
North Decatur Presbyterian Church

Decatur, GA

Rev. Carol Cole Flanagan St. John’s Episcopal Church Washington, DC

Rev. Bill Hooson The Gathering Thomasville, GA

Rev. Mary Beth Kovanen Christ Lutheran Parish Ironwood, MI

Rev. Loren Lasch
St. Patrick’s Episcopal Washington, DC

Rev. Tony Metz
Luther Memorial Church Quincy, IL

Dr. Daniel P. Rhodes
Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education, Institute of Pastoral Studies Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Ms. Linda McCollough
Community Outreach Coordinator and Seminary Intern Excelsior UMC
Excelsior, MN

Dr. Marcus Mescher
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Rev. Michael Moore
First Presbyterian Church DeFuniak Springs, FL

Dr. Alex Mikulich
Jesuit Social Research Institute Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

Rev. Juliet Bongfeldt
St Peter’s Lutheran Church Harwich, MA

Rev. Dominique Gilliard New Hope Covenant Church Oakland, CA

Rev. Cynthia Kepler-Karrer Memorial UMC
Austin, TX

Rev. Mark Allio
Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church Mechanicsburg, PA

Rev. Kyle Cuperwich Bernardsville UMC Bernardsville, NJ

Rev. David Slagle Peck Epiphany Lutheran Church Burtonsville, MD

Rev. Lora Cunningham
Fredericktown United Methodist Church Fredericktown, MD

Dr. Suzii Paynter
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship First Baptist Church
Atlanta, GA

Ms. Carol Adams
Chair of Missions Committee Oakhurst Baptist Church Decatur, GA

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland
Professor of Systematic Theology Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Rev. Ann Fontaine
St Catherine Episcopal Church Nehalem, OR

Rev. Emily Haynes
Nashville Kaleo Church of the Nazarene Nashville, TN

Rev. Judy Loehr
Minister of music, Liturgy and the Arts Faith UMC
Austin, TX

Rev. Roger Mathess Unicoi United Methodist Unicoi, TN

Dr. Thomas Ryan
Director and Professor, Loyola Institute for Ministry Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Rev. Amy Thoren
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Champaign, IL

Dr. Anna Floerke Scheid
Assistant Professor, Department of Theology Duquesne University
Pittsburg, PA

Rev. Jonathan Chesney
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese of Alabama Auburn, AL

Dr. Susan Wood
President of the Catholic Theological Society of America Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

Rev. Trey Hall
Urban Village Church Chicago, IL

Rev. Christopher Charles
Mooringsport United Methodist Church United Methodist Church Mooringsport, LA

Rev. Dr. Richard Murphy Retired Priest
Santa Fe, NM

Rev. Melissa Greene
Pastor of Worship and Arts GracePointe Church Franklin, TN

Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye
Minister of Community Building Centenary Community Ministries, Inc. Macon, GA

Dr. Michael E. Lee
Assoc. Prof. of Theology
Past-President, Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Dr. Linda M. LeMura President
Le Moyne College Syracuse, NY

Rev. Christopher Berry
Trinity Lutheran Church – Pleasanton, CA Pleasanton, CA

Rev. Mitchell Boone
White Rock United Methodist Church Dallas, TX

Rev. Rich Gelson Pilgrim Phillipsburg, NJ

Dr. Eugene McCarraher
Associate Professor of Humanities Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Rev. Stephen Stacks
Greenwood Forest Baptist Church Cary, NC

Rev. Erin Wathen
Saint Andrew Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Olathe, KS

Rev. JoAnn Darrow New Thing Community Middletown, PA

Rev. Val Metropoulos
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church Aberdeen, WA

Rev. Julie Pennington-Russell First Baptist Church
Decatur, GA

Rev. Jeffrey Goodrich
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Westborough, MA

Rev. Raphael Warnock Ebenezer Baptist Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Creede Hinshaw (ret.) United Methodist Church Macon, GA

Rev. Diane Koob (ret.) Somers Point, NJ

Rev. Karl Kroger
Grace United Methodist Church Piedmont, SD

Mrs. Elizabeth Ryan
Director of the Congregation
St. Joseph Ministry Against the Death Penalty

New Orleans, LA

Rev. Allie Scott
Shared Covenant Ministries Horicon, WI

Rev. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. President
Seattle University
Seattle, WA

Ms. Erin Coleman Branchaud Seminarian
First Lutheran Church, Omaha, Nebraska Omaha, NE

Dr. Mark E. Gammon
Matthew Simpson Professor of Religion Simpson College
Indianola, IA

Rev. John (Jack) Cuffari First Congregational Church Montclair, NJ

Rev. Tracy Heilman
Columbus Community Congregational Church Columbus, MT

Rev. Erich Kussman
Holy Cross Lutheran Church Ransom Writers and Speakers Springfield, NJ

Rev. Taryn Mattice
Protestant Cooperative Ministry at Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Rev. Gary Meier Saint Louis, MO

Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. President
Fairfield University Fairfield, CT

Ms. Karen Clifton
Executive Director
Catholic Mobilizing Network Washington, DC

Deacon Christopher Lemley Deacon
Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ron Pagnucco
Associate Professor Department of Peace Studies College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University
St. Joseph, MN

Rev. Kathy Brockman Trinity UMC
Duluth, GA

Rev. Dr. William Clark Society of Jesus
College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

Rev. Michael Graham, S.J. President
Xavier University Cincinnati, OH

Rev. Jody Greenwood Christ Church Episcopal Norcross, GA

Rev. Nadine Swahnberg
Jefferson Unitarian Church Golden CO Golden, CO

Rev. Adam Tallent
Indy Alliance Church
Christian and Missionary Alliance Indianapolis, IN

Dr. John Berkman
Regular Faculty in Moral Theology Regis College, University of Toronto Toronto, ON

Rev. Dr. Ann Locasio
University United Methodist Church Austin, TX

Rev. Kyle Seibert
Reverend Seminarian
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Chicago, IL

Rev. Kelly Carpenter
Green Street United Methodist Church Winston Salem, NC

Rev. Michael Cooper, S.J., S.T.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Theology Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL

Sr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes Moral Theologian
Saint Martin de Porres Milawukee, WI

Rev. Katie Klosterman
Orting United Methodist Church and Foothills United Methodist Church Orting, WA

Rev. David Nicol Hampden Highlands UMC Hampden, ME

Rev. Christopher Scott
Rainelle United Methodist Church Rainelle, WV

Rev. Lev Smith
St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church Des Moines, IA

Rev. Michael Tachet Monsingnor
Holy Family Parish

American Catholic Union Richmond, CA

Rev. Randal Caldwell
Filipino American Christian Church Edmonds, WA

Dr. John Inglis
Chair and Professor, Department of Philosophy University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Dr. Jana Bennett
Associate Professor of Religious Studies University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Dr. Amy Marga
Professor of Systematic Theology Gloria Dei Lutheran St Paul Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

Rev. Andrew Shoemaker
Capay Friends Community Church Evangelical Friends
Orland, CA

Rev. Dr. Mary Butler
Evangelical Liberty Christian Church Macon, GA

Rev. Jad Denmark St. Luke’s
Orlando, FL

Rev. Anthony Doheny
Emerald Community Fellowship Eugene, OR

Rev. Dr. James McNeely, II Chief Spirituality Officer Community of St. Patrick Saint Robert, MO

Dr. Anthony Campolo
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church Red Letter Christians
St. David’s, PA

Dr. David DeCosse
Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Studies Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Rev. Dr. Jann Aldredge-Clanton Baptist Minister
Church in the Cliff
Equity for Women in the Church Dallas, TX

Rev. Tom O’Brien
Memorial Congregational Church Sudbury, MA

Rev. Dr. Pedro A. Rentas
Concilio Evangelico Roca de Salvaciòn, Inc Flowery Branch, GA

Rev. Gregory Yee Superintendent
Evangelical Covenant Church Mercer Island, WA

Dr. Joseph A. McCartin
Professor of History
Director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. Alison Boden United Church of Christ Philadelphia, PA

Rev. Ann Farley Charm City Church Columbia, MD

Rev. Kyle Hayes

Faith United Lutheran Church Houtzdale, PA

Rev. Arthur Holm Director/Pastor Confluence Community Newport, NC

Sr. Joan Marie Steadman, CSC
Executive Director
Leadership Conference of Women Religious Silver Spring, MD

Dr. David O’Brien
Professor of Catholic Studies Emeritus Loyola College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

Rev. Dr. Melissa Browning
First Baptist Church of Decatur
Mercer University / McAfee School of Theology Atlanta, GA

Rev. Anne Deneen
St. Paul Lutheran Church, New England Synod Gloucester, MA

Rev. Ryan Gear Senior Pastor One Church Chandler, AZ

Mr. Christopher J. Hale
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good Washington, DC

Rev. Karen Muntzing Karen K. muntzing Hilliard, OH

Dr. Danielle M. Poe Professor of Philosophy

University of Dayton Dayton, OH

Rev. Cristina Beauchemin
New Creation Lutheran Church San Jose, CA

Rev. Priscilla Dreyman Hope Gate Way
South Portland, ME

Rev. Dr. Arland Hultgren
Professor Emeritus
Gustavus ADolphus Lutheran Church Luther Seminary
St. Paul, MN

Mr. Gerry Lee
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns Washington, DC

Dr. Marie Dennis Co-President
Pax Christi International Washington, DC

Rev. Jonathan Tompkins
Travelers Rest United Methodist Church Travelers Rest, SC

Rev. Catherine Boothe Northside United Methodist Atlanta, GA

Rev. Jason Bryant Highland & New Hope Callaway, VA

Rev. Dave Allen Grady
Druid Hills United Methodist Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Andrew Wade

Hood River, OR

Rev. Robert Clark First UMC Williston, FL

Rev. Nancy Gowler Johnson First Christian Church Puyallup, WA

Rev. Dr. Tony Jones Theologian in Residence Solomon’s Porch
Edina, MN

Fr. Thomas O’Brien, MM General Council Member Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Ossining, NY

Rev. Kristine Totzke
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Richardson, TX

Dr. Meghan Clark
Assistant professor of theology St. John’s University
Jamaica, NY

Rev. Dr. Jacob Myers
Columbia Theological Seminary Atlanta, GA

Rev. Adrian Wallace
Urban Minister
Broadway Christian Church Lexington, KY

Rev. Brian Wharton Faith UMC
Spring, TX

Dr. Kathryn Getek Soltis
Director, Center for Peace and Justice Education

Villanova University Villanova, PA

Rev. Dr. Sondra Jones
Buford First United Methodist Buford, GA

Rev. Melody Shobe Forward Movement Dallas, TX

Rev. Jacob Swain The View Church Carbondale, IL

Dr. Lisa Fullam
Associate Professor of Moral Theology
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Berkeley, CA

Rev. Brandon Berg
Mt. Vale – Savannah United Methodist Circuit Holston Conference UMC
Galax, VA

Rev. Nanci Hicks
Briarcliff United Methodist Atlanta, GA

Rev. Lynda Ferguson First UMC
Asheboro, NC

Rev. Dr. Duane Anders
Boise First United Methodist Boise, ID

Rev. Chuck Currie University Chaplain Pacific University Portland, OR

Rev. Tracy Hunter
Broadway and Reeves United Methodist Churches Orlando, FL

Dr. Eli S. McCarthy
Director of Justice and Peace Conference of Major Superiors of Men Silver Spring, MD

Rev. Cynthia Hale
Ray of Hope Christian Church Decatur, GA

Rev. Dr. L. Wesley de Souza
Arthur J. Moore Associate Professor in the Practice of Evangelism Candler School of Theology
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Bob Silvanik
Dry Ridge Christian Church Disciples of Christ
Dry Ridge, KY

Rev. James Lamkin
Northside Drive Baptist Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder
Associate Dean of Methodist Studies Glenn Memorial UMC
Candler School of Theology
Atlanta, GA

Rev. Allison Liles St Paul’s Ivy Crozet, VA

Dr. Una M. Cadegan
Associate Professor, Department of History University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Rev. Matthew Martin Nickoloff South Wedge Mission Rochester, NY

Rev. Dr. John O’Keefe

Ginkworld.net Lincoln, NE

Dr. John Langan
SJ. Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Chair in Catholic Social Thought Georgetown University
Washington, DC

Rev. Dr. Sharon Wozencraft (Ret.) Plymouth Congregational
Medway, MA

Dr. Christopher Pramuk Associate Professor of Theology Xavier University
Cincinnati, OH

Rev. Jared Hanson Creedmoor UMC Creedmoor, NC

Rev. Dr. Robert Lesher Faith Luthrean Marshfield, WI

Dr. David Hollenbach, S.J.
University Chair in Human Rights and International Justice Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Rev. Benjamin L. Corey Christian Author & Blogger Patheos Progressive Christan Auburn, ME

Rev. Dr. Lauren Stanley
Rosebud Episcopal Mission (West) Episcopal Church
Mission, SD

Dr. William L. Portier
Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

Rev. Ruby Nelson
St. Pauls United Methodist Beaumont, TX

Dr. Tobias Winright
Maeder Chair of Health Care Ethics Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Rev. Rustin Comer Bethel Encino ELCA Encino, CA

Rev. Nancy DeStefano
St Stephen United Methodist Church Mesquite, TX

Rev. Dr. Don Saliers Druid Hills UMC Atlanta, GA

Dr. Mary E. Hines Professor of Theology Emmanuel College Boston, MA

Rev. Robin Anderson Commonwealth Baptist Church Alexandria, VA

Rev. Lois Pallmeyer Gloria Dei Lutheran St. Paul, MN

Rev. Dr. Vikki Randall Pasadena Covenant Church South Pasadena, CA

Rev. Jason Redicj Holy Covenant UMC Carrollton, TX

Dr. Susan A. Ross
Chair, Department of Theology
Past President, Catholic Theological Society of America Loyola University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown Tibbetts United Methodist Church United Methodist
Seattle, WA

Rev. Deborah Douglas First United Church, UCC Belvidere, TN

Rev. Jo Dene Romeijn-Stout Sunrise United Methodist Church Federal Way, WA

Rev. Dr. Lee Shafer Rector
Grace Church Anniston, AL

Rev. Luther Zeigler
Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard Cambridge, MA

Deacon Mark Reeve Deacon
Oakhurst Baptist Church Decatur, GA

Rev. Dr. Christopher Grundy
Associate Prof. of Worship and Preaching Eden Theological Seminary
Webster Groves, MO

Rev. Michael Potvin-Frost St. Francis of Assisi Ministry Plattsburgh, NY

Rev. Rob Rhodes
Canon for Mission Christ Church Cathedral Cincinnati, OH

Mr. Steve Knight Co-lead Minister

Open Hearts Gathering Gastonia, NC

Rev. W. Scott Harbison
St Luke’s Presbyterian Church Presbyterian Church (USA ) Houston, TX

Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe Plymouth Church
Shaker Heights, OH

Rev. Jennifer Spivey Chaplain
Presbyterian Church (USA) Virginia Beach, VA

Rev. Rod Thomas
Baptist General Convention Of Texas The Resist Daily
Fort Worth, TX

Mr. Byron McMillan
Director of Content and Training The Point Church
Jobs for Life
Cary, NC

Rev. Michael Airgood
Pine Run United Methodist Church Clairton, PA

Rev. Melanie Vaughn-West Oakhurst Baptist Church Decatur, GA

Rev. Luke Brawner Grace Bible Church EFCA Church Houston, TX

Mr. Joseph Webb
Director of Youth & Children First Presbyterian Church Marietta, OH

Rev. John Fease John Fease Quinlan, TX

Rev. Julie Halstead Christ Church UMC Charleston, WV

Mr. Casey Aldridge
First Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC Interfaith Climate Action Coalition Charlotte, NC

Mr. Phillip Dieke
Director of College and Young Adult Ministries Highland Park UMC
Dallas, TX

Rev. Rebecca Bourret Christ Lutheran Church Natick, MA

Rev. Jon K. Brown Hillview U. Methodist Boise, ID

Dr. William T. Cavanaugh
Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology Chicago, IL

Rev. John Coleman S.J. Saint Ignatius Parish San Francisco, CA

Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill HopeGateWay
Portland, ME

Rev. Juan Fonesca Ciudad de Refugio USA Forest Park, GA

Dr. Peter R. Gathje
Associate Dean, Professor of Christian Ethics Memphis Theological Seminary
Memphis, TN

Rabbi Beatrice Hoffman Oakhurst Baptist Decatur, GA

Rev. Joshua King
Red Valley United Methodist Church United Methodist Church
Boones Mill, VA

Rev. Eduard Loring Open Door Community Atlanta, GA

Rev. Thomas Maehl First Lutheran Church Waltham, MA

Rev. Charles McKenna St. Paul Lutheran Church Davenport, IA

Rev. Melissa Melnick Tapestry
Richfield, MN

Rev. Lisa O’Rear Episcopal Church Cleveland, OH

Dr. Stephen Okey
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL

Rev. Ivan Schoen Soring Creek UCC Rockford, IL

Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill

Monan Professor of Theology Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Rev. Emily Swan
Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI

Dr. Elizabeth Sweeny Block
Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Rev. Benjamin White Benjamin P. White Circle Of Hope Pennsauken, NJ

Mr. Casey Hayden
Associate Director of Student Ministry Five Oaks Community Church Woodbury, MN

Mr. Bradley Lyons
President and Publisher Parkway United Church of Christ Christian Board of Publication St. Louis, MO

Pastor Justin Barringer Outreach Pastor Embrace Church Lexington, KY

Rev. Teri Nilson Baird Kirk UMC
Kirk, CO

Rev. Mary Davidson Stewart Ave. UMC Senoia, GA

Rev. Sarah Fisher

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church Atlanta, GA

Rev. Susan Buchanan United Methodist Church Perkins School of Theology Houston, TX

Rev. Jeri Gray-Reneberg
St. Francis’ Episcopal Church Fortuna, CA

Rev. James F. Keenan, S.J. Canisius Chair
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Rev. Mark Lukens
Bethany Congregational Church East Rockaway, NY

Rev. Kirk Lyman-Barner Praxis United Church of Christ Americus, GA

Dr. Patrick T. McCormick Professor of Religious Studies Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

Rev. Wm McCord Thigpen
St. Bartholomew’s Episscopal Atlanta, GA

Rev. Virginia Tinsley
Sharp Memorial UMC
Housing and Homeless Council Young Harris, GA

Rev. Eric Folkerth Northaven UMC Dallas, TX

Dr. Richard Gaillardetz
Joseph Professor of Systematic Theology

Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA

Rev. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. President
Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Rachel Hart Winter
Siena Center, Dominican University River Forest, IL

Dr. Bradford E. Hinze
Karl Rahner S.J. Professor of Theology Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Rev. James E. Hug, S.J.
Former Director of Center of Concern in Washington, D.C Washington, DC

Dr. Kathleen Maas Weigert
Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Prof. of Women and Leadership Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rev. T. Michael McNulty, S.J.
MacLean Professor, Dept. of Philosophy Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA

Rev. George Morris
retired United Methodist Pastor United Methodist
Cherry Hill, NJ

Rev. Chad Mustain Hospital Chaplain Wilshire Baptist Church Dallas, TX

Rev. Jeff Procter-Murphy

Dayspring United Methodist Church Tempe, AZ

Dr. Kerry A. Robison
Executive Director
National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management Washington, DC

Rev. Michael Smith Mohawk Valley Trinity UMC Whitesboro, NY

Rev. Max Vincent Allen Memorial UMC Oxford, GA

Rev. Joel Weir
St Stephen the First Martyr Orthodox Church Crawfordsville, IN

Rev. Roger Wolsey
Wesley Foundation at University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, CO

Rev. Mat Thomas
Bethel Church of the Nazarene Quincy, MA

Rev. Kevin Wildes, S.J. President
Loyola University New Orleans New Orleans, LA

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle
University Facilitator for Mission and Identity Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT

Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J. President
Spring Hill College Mobile, AL

Rev. Brenda North
Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church Detroit Lakes, MN

Rev. Lorrin Radzik
St. James United Methodist Church East Troy, WI

Mr. Brandan Robertson Evangelical Organizer Faith In Public Life
The Table Church Washington, DC

Rev. Caleb Smith
Christ Community Church Wheaton, IL

Rev. Sarah Smith
Associate College Pastor
One Life Church of the Nazarene Springfield, MO

Rev. Andrew Wolfe
Cherokee Springs/Liberty UMC Spartanburg, SC

Rev. Thomas B. Curran President
Rockhurst University Kansas City, MO

Dr. Kristin Heyer
Bernard J. Hanley Professor of Religious Studies Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Rev. Heather Patten
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Fulton, MO

Rev. Sandy Johnson
Boulder City United Methodist Fellowship UMC
Boulder City, NV

Rev. Kurt Willems Pangea Communities Seattle, WA

Rev. Cynthia Yanchury Advent United Methodist So. St. Paul, MN

Rev. Vernon S. Broyles
Office of the General Assembly Presbyterian Church (USA) Louisville, KY

Rev. Karen Scheel Cadwell UMD Mukwonago, WI

Rev. Barbara Clark
Faith United Methodist Church United Methodist Church Knoxville, TN

Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman Table of Grace
Jefferson City, MO

Rev. Anthony Smith Mission House Salisbury, NC

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