8/11/2005

Religious Action Center - Religious Leaders Teleconference

I just had to take a screenshot of all those different faith's logos united for a common goal. Religious peace is key to world peace -- law

Major religious leaders from across denominational lines hosted a conference call on Thursday, August 11, 2005 to discuss their joint concerns regarding the Family Research Council's (FRC) telecast, "Justice Sunday II: God Save the United States and This Honorable Court!"


The call provided a forum for national religious leaders to comment, as people of faith, on the need for a thorough, consultative review of any Supreme Court nominee's record and views on upholding the constitutional provisions of the Establishment and Free Exercise clauses in the First Amendment of the Constitution. Speakers emphasized the vital importance these clauses hold in our pluralistic, interfaith nation.

The Speakers :

Rev. Dr. Edgar
Rev. Dr. Robert Edgar is general secretary of the National Council of the ChurchesUSA, the leading U.S. organization in the movement for Christian unity. Thirty-six Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox member communions, to which approximately 50 million congregants belong, work together in the Council to promote unity and to serve churches and people worldwide.

Rev. Dr. Gaddy
The Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy is the President of the national nonpartisan grassroots and educational organizations, The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and The Interfaith Alliance, whose membership is drawn from more than 75 different religious traditions or beliefs and includes more than 100 local activist groups in 38 states. He is the Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Northminster (Baptist) Church in Monroe, Louisiana and serves on the Council of 100 Leaders of the World Economic Forum.

Ms. Mirin Kaur Phool
is the President of the Board of Directors of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). Founded as Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) in 1996, SALDEF is a national civil rights and educational organization. SALDEF’s mission is to protect the civil rights of Sikh Americans and ensure a fostering environment in the United States for our future generations through legal assistance, educational outreach, legislative advocacy, and media relations.

Rabbi Saperstein
Rabbi David Saperstein directs the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the Washington, D.C. office of the Union for Reform Judaism whose 900 congregations encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Rabbis. Rabbi Saperstein also holds a degree in Law and instructs courses on Jewish Law and the Separation of Church and State at Georgetown University Law Center.

Rev. Sinkford
The Rev. William G. Sinkford was elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association in June, 2001. As president of this liberal denomination, he is responsible to the UUA Board of Trustees for administering staff and programs that serve its more than 1,000 member congregations. He also acts as principal spokesperson and minister-at-large for the Association. Prior to becoming the seventh president of the UUA, Sinkford served as the Association's director of Congregational, District, and Extension Services.

Religious Action Center - Religious Leaders Teleconference

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