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Voting our Faith 2006: The Amos Project and Sojourners/Call to Renewal to Question Ohio Swing District Candidates on Values at 2000 Person Meeting

Date: September 25, 2006

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 25, 2006


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Voting our Faith 2006: The Amos Project and Sojourners/Call to Renewal to Question Ohio Swing District Candidates on Values at 2000 Person Meeting


Swing District Challengers Seize Opportunity to Meet with Religious Voters; Some Candidates still on the Fence.


Cincinnati, Ohio Expecting nearly 2,000 religious voters for a Candidates’ Public Meeting on Values, the organizers of Voting Our Faith 2006 are waiting for confirmations from candidates running in tightly contested races in Ohio. This historic candidates’ forum has been organized by The AMOS Project and Sojourners/Call to Renewal with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a co-sponsor.  To date, several weeks after the invitations were sent, the following candidates are eager to meet with religious voters and have accepted the invitation:  Candidates Sherrod Brown, John Cranley, Victoria Wulsin, Phil Heimlich, and David Pepper.


By all accounts, the elections in Ohio are being closely watched, especially the gubernatorial and senate races. Candidates Kenneth Blackwell, Mike DeWine, Ted Strickland and Steve Chabot are not confirmed as of Thursday, September 21, 2006. “We believe that religious voters are entitled to a conversation with candidates who seek to campaign about moral values,” said Joyce Kinley, President of the AMOS Project. “As the clock ticks, we hope that these candidates mean what they say and will welcome a conversation with religious voters about the most pressing issues facing our communities: affordable health care, quality education, good jobs and stable communities.”  Voting Our Faith: 2006 will address a broad range of issues including how the candidates will increase opportunities for the poor, rebuild vibrant and safe communities, and support strong and stable families. 


WHEN:                Monday, October 2nd, 7:00PM


WHERE:              Cintas Center, on the campus of Xavier University,1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45207 Cincinnati, Ohio. Directions to Cintas Center


WHO:                   Jim Wallis, Founder of Sojourners/Call to Renewal and best-selling author of God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets it Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It and The AMOS Project, a Greater Cincinnati faith-based coalition representing thousands of urban and suburban people of faith from over 40 congregations.  The AMOS Project is an affiliate of The Gamaliel Foundation, a national network of 60 congregation-based organizations in 21 states across the U.S. and five provinces of South Africa. Also, The Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cincinnati, is a co-sponsor of this event.


                                Invited Candidates:  Ohio Governor: Ken Blackwell (R);Ted Strickland (D);US Senate: Mike DeWine (R);Sherrod Brown (D) – confirmed US Congress – OH 1st District: Steve Chabot (R); John Cranley (D) – confirmed; US Congress – OH 2nd District: Jean Schmidt (R);Victoria Wulsin (D) – confirmed; Hamilton County Commissioner: Phil Heimlich (R) – confirmed; David Pepper (D) – confirmed.


Sojourners/Call to Renewal’s mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world.   The AMOS Project, based in Cincinnati, Ohio is a group of congregations committed to living out their faith through public action.