The Common Good

Clergy urge Congress to unite behind push for civility

Date: January 13, 2011

(RNS) A coalition of more than 50 Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders sent an open letter to Congress urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent and vitriolic political rhetoric."

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The clergy statement, printed in a full-age ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, was signed by megachurch pastors Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Rev. Joel Hunter, Sojourners founder Jim Wallis, Nathan J. Diament of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, Sayyid M. Syeed of the Islamic Society of North America, and religious leaders from Arizona.