Over 400 Faith Leaders and Faith Organizations Urge DHS to Protect Haitians

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Honorable John F. Kelly
Department of Homeland Security
3801 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

RE: Request to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Haiti

Dear Secretary Kelly:

On behalf of the 168 undersigned national, state, and local faith-based organizations, as well as 248 faith leaders from across traditions, we respectfully request that you extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians for 18 months as dangerous conditions continue to persist in Haiti, posing a serious risk to the health and safety of Haitian TPS holders if they were to be returned to the country. To allow TPS for Haiti to expire would mean turning our backs on the vulnerable Haitians whom we pledged to welcome, and would place considerable burdens on the country as it struggles to recover from multiple natural disasters. TPS was created to provide protection to those in the United States when it is unsafe for their return home – precisely the conditions Haiti faces today.

Extending Haitian TPS is in the national interest, as Haitian TPS holders are a self-sufficient and industrious segment of the U.S. economy and are providing invaluable economic support to family members still in Haiti, preventing further destabilization of the country. Allowing Haitian TPS holders to remain safely in the U.S. until Haiti is sufficiently stable honors our closely-held moral, religious, and American values to stand for the human rights and dignity of all people, here and abroad. TPS should be extended. To do otherwise would be inconsistent with our values of hospitality, generosity, and compassion.

Food insecurity, disease, and instability persist in Haiti

The Haitian people have faced a series of cataclysmic events. TPS was first granted to eligible Haitians in the U.S. in 2010, following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake[1] which displaced 1.5 million people and caused catastrophic damage to the country’s infrastructure.[2] 300,000 buildings were leveled in Port-au-Prince alone.[3] 60,000 people are still homeless as a result of the earthquake and living in camps seven years later.[4] United Nations humanitarian efforts following the earthquake introduced cholera – now the worst cholera epidemic in the world – killing at least 9,200 people and sickening nearly 100,000 others to date.[5] Thousands of people continue to be sickened by the disease every year[6], which leads to severe dehydration, blood sugar shock, and organ failure and can kill a person in a matter of hours.[7]

Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, which devastated the country and impeded Haiti’s recovery. The category 4 hurricane impacted two million people and resulted in $2.7 billion in damage, approximately 32 percent of Haiti’s GDP.[8] Tens of thousands of homes and schools were destroyed, as well as agricultural crops and livestock, exacerbating widespread hunger, political and economic instability, and the waterborne cholera epidemic. The storm surge and widespread flooding has left 1.25 million Haitians, including 800,000 children, without access to safe drinking water.[9] More than 800,000 Haitians were left in dire need of immediate food assistance as a result of the hurricane’s destruction.[10]

The events of the past seven years in Haiti are unprecedented and the country remains unstable despite substantial efforts and progress made by the Haitian people and international community. Although poverty has plagued Haiti for generations, the temporary and extreme conditions in the country are a direct result of multiple environmental disasters and “the worst cholera outbreak in recent history,” as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[11] The country needs more time to recover before Haitian nationals in the U.S. can safely return.

Extending Haitian TPS until the country is stable is in the U.S. national interest

There are approximately 50,000 Haitian TPS holders living in the U.S., peacefully raising families, and participating in the economy. Haitian TPS holders contribute $280 million to the U.S. GDP and $42 million to Social Security and to Medicare each year.[12]

Haitian TPS holders are also making substantial contributions to keeping Haiti as stable as possible as the country rebuilds. According to a February 2016 report, remittances to Haiti exceeded $2 billion – or 22.7 percent of Haiti’s GDP in 2015[13]; $1.3 billion coming from the U.S.[14] Removing this vital lifeline would likely result in an increase in asylum seekers from Haiti, already on the upswing.[15]

Ending TPS while the country is so unsafe would cost American taxpayers, as it is likely the U.S. will be forced to resort to deporting many TPS holders to remove them from the country, at a cost of $10,070 per person.[16] Terminating TPS would also result in a loss of $2.8 billion in GDP and $428 million in Social Security and Medicare contributions over a decade.[17] Finally, Haiti’s current country conditions would force Haitian parents with U.S. citizen children to make the impossible decision to leave their children behind, ripping apart families and needlessly scarring a generation of Haitian Americans.

Our collective moral, religious, and American values call for extending Haitian TPS

Extending TPS for Haitians is a compassionate, just, and pragmatic choice for both Americans and Haitians. Giving Haiti more time to rebuild and recover from the extraordinary events of the past seven years will protect the lives of vulnerable people and mitigate strains on the U.S. economy and immigration system. DHS should be responding to this humanitarian crisis by upholding our promises to the Haitian people and by allowing Haitians to seek safety here in the United States. As members of faith-based organizations across the country, we urge you to join us in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our Haitian brothers and sisters in need.


Faith-based Organizations

1199 SEIU
Ameinu (Our People)
American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
American Jewish Committee (AJC)
Anti-Defamation League
Bread for the World
Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston
Catholic Charities / Diocese of Biloxi
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, CT
Catholic Charities of Orange County
Catholic Charities of Pueblo
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Gary
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver
Catholic Charities Spokane
Catholic Charities, Inc.
Catholic Charities, Monroe Ministries, Archdiocese of Miami
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
Catholic Legal Services, Archdiocese of Miami
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Catholic Migration Services
Catholic Social Services
Catholic Social Services of Philadelphia
Centro Romero
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Church World Service
Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)
Conference of Major Superiors of Men
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, US Provinces
Delmar Haitian Church of Nazarene
Director of the Office of Peace, Justice, and Ecological Integrity, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Disciples Center for Public Witness
Disciples Home Missions Family and Children’s Ministries
Disciples Justice Action Network
Disciples of Christ
Dominican Development Center/DDC
Dominican Sisters of Hope – Cincinnati
Dover Haitian Church
Eben Ezer Baptist Church of Delray Beach
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
Essex County Community Organization
Faith in Public Life
Family Support Circle
FCC Stillwater, OK
Federalsburg first Church of Nazarene
Federation des Associations Regionales Haitiennes de la Diaspora (FAREHD)
First Unitarian Church Portland OR
Franciscan Action Network
Franklin Circle
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Fundamental Human Rights & Rural Development Association FHRRDA
Gainesville Interfaith Alliance for Immigrant Justice
Georgetown Haitian
Gospel Justice Committee, Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, O’Fallon, MO
Grace Tabernacle Church
Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition
Haitian Community Partnership, Inc.
HIAS Pennsylvania
Hispanic Apostolate
Hope Partnership
Hyattstown Christian Church
Ignatian Solidarity Network
Immaculate Heart Community
Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center
Interfaith Welcome Coalition
Interfaith Worker Justice
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
JALSA – the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States
Jesuit Social Research Institute
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
Jewish Labor Committee
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
JPIC Committee of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Justice For Our Neighbors
Justice Office of the Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet, St Paul Province
Los Pobres Inc.
Lott Carey Baptist Mission Society
LUCHA Ministries, Inc.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
Marianist Province of the U.S.
Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Steering Committee
Marianists International NGO
Mass Interfaith Worker Justice
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Migration & Refugee Services/Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, LA
Milford Church of Nazarene
Mount St. Joseph University
National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Council of Churches
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
New York Annual Conference Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church
New York Sisters of Charity
Northern Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors
NY Sisters of charity
Oregon Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Arlington VA
PCA Mission in North America
Pine Valley Christian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rabbinical Assembly
Rebirth Inc.
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Western American Province
Religious Sisters of Charity
Saint Luke Institute
Santa Maria Community Services and SC Ministries
SC Ministry Foundation
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
Sister of the Holy Names US Ontario Leadership Team
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Sisters of Charity, BVM
Sisters of Mercy
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – Institute Justice Team
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Ohio Province Justice, Peace and Care of Creation Office
Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Los Angeles
Society of the Holy Child Jesus, American Province
South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice
St. Joseph Worker Program, L.A.
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Longwood
St. Pius X Catholic Church
Susquehanna University
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation, Inc.
The Build Haiti Foundation
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Diocese of New York
The Interfaith Center of New York
The Sisters of Saint Joseph Welcome Center
The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
Thrive for Life Prison Project
Trinity Church, Wall Street
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
UCC First Congregational Church
Unitarian Universalist Mass Action Network
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (UUSJ)
United Methodist Church
Uri L’Tzedek
World Relief

Faith Leaders

Rev. Dan Adolphson, GLAD Alliance
The Rev. Frank J. Alagna, Holy Cross/Santa Cruz Episcopal Church
Chair of Missions Committee Sharon Anderson, United Methodist Church of Geneva, IL
Reverend Tracey Anderson-Tellado, First Christian Church, Beeville Texas
Sister Lou Anglin, Sisters of Charity, BVM
Rector Zenetta Armstrong, Church of the Holy Spirit
Elder Dipo Ashiru, Trinity Grace Church
Minister Daniel Auguste, Haitian American Baptist Ministers Association
Minister of Congregational Care Charles Bahn, Brentwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend Jennifer Bailey, Faith Matters Network
Rev. John Bain, First Christian Church(Disciples) Stillwater OK
Rev Donald Baird, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Student Pastor R Brooke Baker , Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ
Deacon C Michael Barber, First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC
Rabbi David Dunn Bauer, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Rev. Laura Beach, Boone UMC
Reverend Kelley Becker, Disciples Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Bartlesville, OK
Pastor Raymond Benjamin, Yeshua Baptist Church / Sinai Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Don Benton, Scottsdale United Methodist church
Rabbi Donna Berman, Charter Oak Cultural Center
Rev. Trudy Betts, Ashland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rabbi Jean Binkovitz, Rabbi Jean Binkovitz
Sister Judith Bonini, IHM, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Spiritual Director Carol Brenner, Sisters of Charity
Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, Rabbi
Rev. Ken Brooker-Langston, Michigan Park Christian Church
Ordained Minister Nadine Burton, Christian Church Disciples of Christ
The Rev. JoAnne Campo, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Hartsdale NY
Kristine Casey, Namaste Spirituality Group Leader, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church – Namaste
The Reverend Dr. Carl Caskey, Minnesota Annual Conference, United Methodist Church
Pastor Bob Chance, Aspen Hill Christian Church
Rabbi Kerry Chaplin, Lab/Shul
Pastor of Roman Catholic Church Robes C Charles, St Clement Catholic Church
Clerk Paula Chase, Amesbury Friends Meeting
Reverend David Chisham, First Christian Church, Baton Rouge
Religious Sister Patricia Corbey, sisters of the holy names
Preacher Celin Cornet, Pentecostal Haitian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Sunday School Teacher Natacha Cornet, Parkway Church of God
Pastor Lilian Cotto, Rapid Response Team, EPAC-UMC
Sister Elizabeth Crean, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Elder Nancy Crenshaw, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Stillwater, Oklahoma
Rev. James Croghan , Xavier Jesuit Community
The Reverend Chase Danford, Grace Church in New York
Sister Colleen Dauerbach SSJ, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Pastor Jack Davidson, Spring Glen Church
Sister Jo’Ann De Quattro, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries Andrea Dedmon, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, New York City
Director of Community Services and Outreach, Diocese of San Bernardino Sr. Hortensia Del Villar, Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino
Third Pastor Louis Azemar Diometre, Word of life Center
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Mary Dugan, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio
Priest The Rev.Yesupatham Duraikannu, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Rector The Rev. Pierre-Andre Duvert, PhD, St Luke’s Episcopal Church
Board member Vonny Eckman, United Church of Christ in Penn Central PA
Rabbi Barat Ellman, T’ruah/JFREJ–member
Deacon/Teacher Remus Emile, Hope and Action Foundation
Eva Englert-Jessen, certified candidate for UMC ordination, BU School of Theology
Rev. Dr. Kate Epperly
Deacon in formation Wilson Estil, Good Samaritan Haitian Episcopal Church
Reverend Linda Farley, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend Laurie Feille, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rabbi Michael Feinberg, Greater New York Labor Religion Voalition
Rabbi Brian Fink, JCC Manhattan
Executive Pastor Dieufort J Fleurissaint, Voice Of The Gospel Tabernacle
Rector Katharine Flexer, St Michael’s Episcopal Church
Children Ministry Coordinator Roudeline Florestal, First Haitian United Methodist Church
Pastor Reverend Father Marc-Arthur Francois, Saint Patrick & Assumption/All Saints
Sister Marie Gaillac, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
Rev. Daniel Gangler, The United Methodist Church
Deacon Gail S. Ganter-Toback, St. James’ Episcopal Church – Hyde Park, NY
The Rev. Francisco Garcia, Holy Faith Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. Jean-Ricot Gay, Episcopal Church- Southeast Fl.
Rev. Miriam Gentle, National City Christian Church
Provincial Superior Sr. Alice Gerdeman, CDP, Congregation of Divine Providence of Kentucky
Roman Catholic Priest Patrick Gilger, SJ, Society of Jesus
Doreen Glynn, Albany Province Justice Coordinator, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, Malkhut, progressive Jewish spirituality in Queens
Rabbi Linda Goodman, Union Temple
Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, SAJ
Rev. Joanne Graves, Member, First Churches in Northampton,
President, Sisters of Charity, BVM Teri Hadro, BVM, Sisters of Charity, BVM
Episcopal Priest Elise Hanley, Trinity Church on the Green
Rev. Allen V. Harris, Regional Minister, Christian Church Capital Area
Rabbi Maurice Harris, Jewish Reconstructionist Communities
Minister Daniel Harry, Community Christian Church
Bishop (retired) Susan Hassinger, United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Joan Bell Haynes, Regional Minister, Central Rocky Mountain Region, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Denver, Colorado 80212
Pastor Harry “Max” Hazell, II, Church in Bethesda
Community Organizer/Parishioner Dennis Hendricks, St Francis Xavier
Pastor Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Trenton NJ
The Reverend Susan Hill, Church of the Holy Apostles, Episcopal
Pastor Nathan Hill, University Christian Church
Rev. Monte Hillis, National City Christian Church
Rev. David Hills, West Michigan Conference United Methodist Church
Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, United Church of Christ
Priest James Holloway, Anglican
Bishop / Sr. Pastor of Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle Church Inc. Nicolas C. Homicil, Tabernacle de la Voix de L,évangile / Voice of the Gospel Tabernacle Inc.
Community Engagement Coordinator Rebecca Hug, United Methodist Church
Pastor Carolyn Hutchinson, Fairfax Christian Church
Rev. Wes Jamison, United Church of Christ/Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Pastor DelinseJean Jean, First Haitian Baptist church of RI
Pastor Mullery Jean-Pierre, Beraca Baptist Church
Reverend Nancy Jenkins, Chapel Hill Christian Church
Sunday school teacher Fritz Jeudy, Haitian Methodist Church
Priest-in-Charge Rev. Tracy Johnson Russell, St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Hartford, CT
Senior Pastor Louis Joseph, Pentecostal Church
Deacon of Church Raymonde Joseph, Pentecostal Church
Sister Anna Keim, Sisters of the Holy Names
Sister Tracy Kemme, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Reverend Scott Kershner, Susquehanna University
Reverend Maureen Kessler, N/A
Pastor Donald King, Hope Lutheran Church
Senior Pastor Dayna Kinkade, First Christian Church of Orange
Sister Annie Klapheke, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Minister Cynthia Klingemier, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Congregation In Ohio
Associate Pastor Gene Knoth, Catskill Charge UMC
Sister Andrea Koverman, Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Rev Posey Krakowsky, St Luke in the Fields
AMSSND Provincial Sister Charmaine Krohe, School Sisters of Notre Dame
Director of Pastoral Ministry Regina Kusnir, Sisters of Charity
Minister Lorraine Lafata, Universal Life Church Ministries
Rev. Dr. Lanny Lawler, Mt. Summit Christian Church
Sister Louise Lears, Sisters of Charity
Pastor Dorlimar Lebron Lalave, Easy Saugus United Methodist Church
Gerry G. Lee, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Pastor Mary Lee-Clark, Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Rev. Kimbrough Leslie, United Methodist Church
Sister Carol Leveque, Sisters of Charity
Clerk Lynn Lidz, Framingham Friends Meeting
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives
Pastor Willere Lubin
Minister Suzelle Lynch, Unitarian Universalist Church West
The Rev. Leigh Mackintosh, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church (Manhattan)
Pastor Eve MacMaster, Emmanuel Mennonite Church
Rector Deborah Magdalene, Zion Episcopal Church Wappingers Falls, NY
Sister of Saint Francis Mary Kay Mahowald, Sister of Saint Francis
Reverend Joy Majied, Garfield Memorial Christian Church
Sister Susan Maloney, Sisters of the Holy Names
Vice President LaDonna Manternach, Sisters of Charity, BVM
Rabbi Marc Margolius, West End Synagogue
Senior Rabbi José Rolando Matalon, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun NYC
Rev. Jean Maurice, Chair, Haitian Pastors Association of New Jersey, Newark, N.J.
Rev Allyn Maxfield-Steele, Highlander Research & Education Center
President/Founder Kedner Maxime, New Community Development Center. Inc
The Rev. Elizabeth Maxwell, Church of the Ascension
Parish Member Mary Ellen Mc Carthy, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish
Rev. Paul McEntire, YMCA of Greater Houston
Rev. J. Michael McMahon, National City Christian Church, Washington, DC
Dr. Lucia Ann McSpadden, Epworth UMC
Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Director, Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, UU College of Social Justice
Dr. Bill Mefford, Fig Tree Revolution
Rev. Marcia Meier, Spirituality in the Parks
Deacon Joel Mesadieu, Pentecostal Haitian Church (Disciples Of Christ)
Deacon of Church Ismela Mesadieu Moise, Pentecostal Haitian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rector, Church of the Good Shepherd Erika Meyer, Church of the Good Shepherd, NYC
Priest Smith Milien, The Episcopal Church of St. Paul & les Martyrs d’Haiti
Rev. John Mill, Westview Christian Church
Senior Pastor Gabrielle Montilus, Pentecostal Haitian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Interim Pastor Allison Moore, St. Barnabas
Pastor David L. Morton, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
Reverend Donna Murphy-Ceradsky
Senior Pastor Carol Nash-Lester, Bethel Apostolic Temple
Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry Associate Elizabeth Nguyen, Unitarian Universalist Association
Chair. Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Bro Frank ODonnell, MSJC
Assistant Priest Kyle Oliver, St. Michael’s Church
Deacon (The Rev. Helen M Orlando, Deacon) Helen Orlando, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Medford, NJ
Treasury Ylnaud Orneus, Word of Life Center Ministries
Elder Chair Vaughn Ouellette, Christian Temple
The Rev. Martha Overall, St. Ann’s Church of Morrisania
The Rev. Sam Owen, Haitian Congregation of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
The Rev. Jennifer Owen, Christ Church Greenwich
Senior Minister Teresa Owens, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Downers Grove
Co-Pastor Valerie Parsons, Wheeling Island Christian Church DOC
Rev. Chaplain Dustin Parsons-Schwarz, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Senior Minister Elizabeth Pass, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Wectnick Paul, The Church of the Good Shepherd
Rev. Josh Pawelek, Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Manchester, CT
Elder John Payne, First Christian Church
Judith Pendleton, Outreach Committee Chairman, South Broadway Christian Church, Denver, CO
Rev. Paul Perez, Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church
Rev Lyssette Perez, United Methodist Church of the Rockaways
The Rev. Dr. Allie Perry, Shalom United Church of Christ
Dr. Robert Perry, Extend
The Rev. Canon K. Jeanne Person, Episcopal Diocese of New York
Pastor Jean Lemiux Petion, Great Commission Church of Jesus
Rev. Kathleen Pforr, Old South United Church of Christ
Musician Wilème Pierre Louis, Pentecostal Haitian Church (Disciples of Church)
Pastor Council Anne Suzane Pluviose, Haitian First Methodist Church
Reverend Tuhina Rasche, #decolonizeLutheranism
Social Action Leader Genie Ravital, Germantown Jewish Center
Rev. Dr. Woodie Rea, The Inter-Faith Chapel, Silver Spring, Maryland
Director of Communications and Program Officer Amelia Riedel, SC Ministry Foundation
Sister Carol Ries, Sisters of the Holy Names
Rabbi Mira Rivera, Beit Midrash NYC
Reverend Persida Rivera-Mendez, Ministerio Nueva Creacion
Rev. Hal Roark, The Church of the Good Shepherd
Rector Marissa Rohrbach, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Meriden
Rev Carolyn Roper-Fowlkes, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Peter Rosazza, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford, CT
Patricia Roseman, Congregational support ministry, Webster Groves Christian Church
Senior Pastor Jonathan Rumburg, First Christian Church
Rabbi Stephanie Ruskay, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Pastor Dean Safe, Union Prairie and Henrytown Lutheran Churches
Rev Nathanael Saint-Pierre, St Augustine Of Hippo Episcopal Church
Secretary Emmanuel Sanon, Sdarm
Executive Director Rev. Peter Sawtell, Eco-Justice Ministries
Sister Veronica Schweyen, Maryknoll sisters
Bishop John Selders, Amistad Church-Hartford CT
Director Lara Shepherd, First Christian Church, Hagerstown
Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn, Congregation Tehillah
The Rev. Canon Charles Simmons, The Episcopal Diocese of New York
Rabbi Mia Simring, JFREJ
Rev. Daniel Smith, First Church in Cambridge
Professor of Christian Ethics John Sniegocki, Xavier University
Rev. Dr. Rochelle Stackhouse, Church of the Redeemer UCC New Haven, CT
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Disciples Home Missions, Refugee & Immigration Ministries
Ms. Grace P Starbird, OLQP
Assisting Priest David Steele, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Bronx)
Vicar Masud Syedullah, St. Paul’s & Trinity Parish (Episcopal); Tivoli, NY
The Rev. Jennie Talley, St. John’s Wilmot Episcopal Church
Minister Cheryl L Tatham, North Chevy Chase Christian Church
Chair, Social Action Committee Clark Taylor, First Parish Needham UU
Choir Leader Lovelie Theus, Pentescostal Haitian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Leslie Thomas, Pastor, Haitian Church of God, Manhattan, New York
Facilitator Grace Toapanta, St. Joseph Mission
Minister Chefiatou Tokou, Elel Christian Program
Rev. Sean Toole, SJ, Church of St. Francis Xavier
Rev. Dr. Mary Kay Totty, Dumbarton United Methodist Church
Reverend Roosevelt Toussaint, Word of Life Center
Reverend Doctor Eliezer Valentin-Castanon, Trinity United Methodist Church
Priest and Director of Justice and Reconciliation Winnie Varghese, Trinity Church Wall Street
Faith Leader Laudace Viljean, Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church of Brockton.
Parishioner Pat Vinkenes, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church
Pastor St. Clair Ward, Gladtidingsinstitute
Reverend Robert Washabaugh, St. Mary Catholic Church
JustFaith facilitator James Weber, Bellarmine Chapel
Reverend Patti Welch, Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
Sister of the Precious Blood Sister Mary Wendeln, Sister of the Precious Blood Dayton
Rev. Dr. Terrye Williams, Hilton Christian Christian
Reverend Todd Williams, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis Joaquin Willis, Church of the Open Door UCC
Reverend Merrilee Wineinger, Tennessee Conference United Methodist Church
MACM Linette Wise, Wadsworth
The Rev Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry
Pastor Emerita Kay Woike, Church of the Nativity UCC
Pastor Derek Worthington, Trinity Grace Church
Pastor Paul Ziese, MacArthur Park Lutheran Church

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