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The National Declaration with the list of signers

National Declaration by Religious and Spiritual Leaders
to Address Violence Against Women

We proclaim with one voice as national spiritual and religious leaders
that violence against women exists in all communities, including our own, and
is morally, spiritually and universally intolerable.

We acknowledge that our sacred texts, traditions and values have too often been
misused to perpetuate and condone abuse.

We commit ourselves to working toward the day when all women
will be safe and abuse will be no more.

We draw upon our healing texts and practices to help
make our families and societies whole.

Our religious and spiritual traditions compel us to work for justice and the eradication of
violence against women.

We call upon people of all religious and spiritual traditions to join us.

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Commissioner Carol A. Basset
The Salvation Army

Winnie Bartel
Board of Directors,
National Association of Evangelicals

Tillie Black Bear
Executive Director,
White Buffalo Calf Woman Society,
Lakota Traditionalist

Rev. Geoffrey A. Black
General Minister and President
United Church of Christ

His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher
Serbian Orthodox Church

Mr. Kirit C. Daftary
Federation of Jain Associations
in North America

Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey
Executive Director,
Alliance of Baptists

Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, Ph.D.
The Rabbinical Assembly,
The Worldwide Association of
Conservative Rabbis

Rabbi Daniel Ehrenkrantz
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

Rev. Dr. Dwight J. Friesen
Coordinating Group
Emergent Village

Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
Founder and Senior Analyst,
FaithTrust Institute

Senior Bishop Marshall Gilmore
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Raymond B. Goldstein
International President,
The United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism

Rev. Kathryn Goering Reid
Church of the Brethren

Imam Mohamed Hag-Magid Ali
Islamic Society of North America

Rev. Mark S. Hanson
Presiding Bishop,
Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America

Rev. Dr. Bernice Powell Jackson
North America President,
World Council of Churches

Archbishop Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim
Syrians Orthodox Church

Bishop David W. Kendall
Heartland Area,
Free Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon
General Secretary,
National Council of Churches

Christine M. Laitner
The Swedenborgian Church
of North America

Rev. Michael E. Livingston
International Council of
Community Churches

Rev. Brian D. McLaren

Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley
General Secretary,
American Baptist Churches in the USA

Rev. Peter Morales
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Most Rev. Robert M. Nemkovich
Prime Bishop,
Polish National Catholic Church

Socho Koshin Ogui
Buddhist Churches of America

Rev. Glenn R. Palmberg
Evangelical Convenant Church

Rev. Gradye Parsons
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly,
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Harriett Jane Olson
General Secretary
United Methodist Women's
National Office

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
Union for Reform Judaism

Dr. Ingrid Mattson
Secretary General,
Islamic Society of North America

Imam Hassan Qazwini
Religious Director,
Islamic Center of America

Skip Sandman
Traditional Healer,
Ojibwe Nation

Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church

Tinker Schuman
Ojibwe Elder,
Ojibwe Nation

Rev. William J. Shaw
National Baptist Convention, USA

Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi
The Fiqh Council of North America

Bishop Richard D. Snyder
Eastern Area,
Free Methodist Church

Rev. Ronald P. Thomas, Jr.
Executive Director
Advent Christian General Conference

Rev. Stephen J. Thurston, Sr.
National Baptist Convention of America, International

President Stephen M. Veazey
Community of Christ

Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Bishop Peter D. Weaver
Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church

Rev. David L. Wickmann
Moravian Church, Northern Province

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Metropolitan Community Church


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Declaration Signers

Here are 100 of the most recent people to have signed the petition:

NameLocationFaith Community
Rev. Cynthia Dobson McBride Bloomington, IL Disciples of Christ
Rev. Wendy Nakao Los Angeles, CA Buddhist
Rev. Amy Gopp Kent, Ohio Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pastor Bruce Gillette Wilmington, DE Presbyterian -USA
Rev. Deborah L Adams Hardwick, Vt United Church of Christ
Dee Miller Lawrence, KS Quaker
Michelle Lifton Jewish
Rev. Diane Weible Hayward, CA United Church of Christ
Richard Cunningham Roman Catholic
Rev. Rebecca Baumann Newport, Rhode Island United Methodist Church
Deaconess Sharon Hachtman Shohola, PA United Methodist Church
Rev. Patricia Simpson Seattle, WA Methodist
Elder Louis Hall Portland, OR Unitarian Universalist
Ellen Johanson Federal Way, WA United Methodist Church
Maria Sullivan-Marrero East Chicago, IN Church of God
Antonia Clemente Brooklyn, New York Lutheran
Terry Bryant Chicago, Illinois Baptist
Rev. John Richardson Wilson, NC Disciples of Christ
Mrs. Tishia Davis Springfield, MO Baptist
Rev. Mary Miska Mankato, Minnesota Lutheran
Mrs. Karen Torino Charleston, SC Non-Denominational Christian
Rev. Amanda Kucik Charlotte, North Carolina The Episcopal Church
Rev. Judith Ain Watsonville, CA Episcopal
Rev. Mataji Gauribrata, Rev. Eva E. Schroeder Ganges/Fennville, MI Interdenominational
Angie Strite Harrisonburg, VA Mennonite
Rev. Ken Brooks St. Thomas, Ontario Anglican Church of Canada
Leslee Kirkconnell Davidson, NC Presbyterian -USA
Rev. Dr. Joanne Carlson Brown Seattle, WA Varied Denominations
Rev. Shelley Wickstrom Anchorage, AK Lutheran
Rev. Mark Nelson Spokane, WA Lutheran
Marta Schellberg Edmonds, WA Methodist
Rev. Dr. Sarah M. Rieth Episcopal
Kris Kvam Lutheran
Mrs. Canda Kawambwa lubumbahi, katanga United Methodist Church
Ms. Mary Sue Barnett Louisville, KY Varied Denominations
Mr. Edward Crouch Seattle, WA United Church of Christ
Marie Fisher Simi Valley, CA Non-Denominational Christian
Shaykh TA Bashir White Plains, NY Muslim
Lauree B. Morton Juneau, AK Southern Baptist
Joan M. Anthony Seattle, WA Episcopal
Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky New York, New York Jewish -- Conserv.
Deborah Tucker Austin, TX Secular
Rev. Debra Haffner Westport, CT Unitarian
Rev. Rebecca Gummere Sugar Grove, NC Lutheran
Linda Olsen Everett, WA Lutheran
Deanna Langle Fort Worth, TX Lutheran
Mrs. Ashlyn Melton Addis, LA Baptist
Rev. Jose Santiago Minneapolis, MN Roman Catholic
Rev. Dr. Robert Vaughn Herdon, VA Methodist
Rev. Rochelle Shoemaker Methodist
Ms. Michele Norman Seattle, WA Buddhist
Dr. Julene Pommert Seattle, WA Other
Gerry Tollett Pleasant Hill, TN United Church of Christ
Anne W. Keller Pittsburgh, PA Presbyterian
Laura Parker Tinley Park, IL Methodist
Rabbi Mark Dratch West Hempstead, NY Jewish - Orthodox
Rev. Dr. James D. Lewis Puyallup, WA Methodist
Peggy Fleschute Stillwater, OK
Mrs. Garilynn Van Pelt Soulsbyville, CA Christian
Elizabeth Soto Lancaster, PA Mennonite
Rev. Roxanne K Cottell Pomona, CA Other
Rev. Linda Butler Cedar Falls, IA United Methodist Church
Mrs. Linda Page Shelby, NC Baptist
Susan Keil Smith Albuquerque, NM Presbyterian
Gail Ravnitzky-Silberglied Rockville, MD Jewish - Movmnt unknown
Sister Pratima Desai Naperville, IL Other
Rev. David Holden Cleveland, OH United Church of Christ
Rev. Sala W.J. Nolan Gonzales Cleveland, OH United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Wallace Ryan Kuroiwa United Church of Christ
Rev. Eileen Norrington Clevelend, OH United Church of Christ
Rev. Joan Ishibashi Lakewood, OH United Church of Christ
Prof. Surinder Bhardwaj Kent, Ohio Hindu
Pandita Indrani Rampersad Chase Village, Carapichaima Hindu
Mr. Russ Norman Escondido, California Baha'i International Community
Molly Reingruber Durham, North Carolina The Episcopal Church
Mrs. Sandi Smoker Ladysmith, BC Baptist
Mrs. Kathe Schaaf Laguna Hills, CA Other
Ms. Frieda Heim Boise, Idaho Non-Denominational Christian
Mrs. Ingrid Korb Wheaton, Il Interdenominational
Pamela Hoover-Heim Colorado Springs, CO Interdenominational
Mrs. Linda Weber Wheaton, IL Baptist
Kendra Holcomb-Densmore Kansas City, KS Presbyterian -USA
Dr. K. Steve McCormick, Ph.D. Nazarene
Dr. Dean Blevins Kansas City, MO Nazarene
Andy Johnson Kansas City, MO Nazarene
Martha Robbins Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal
Gwen Hurst-Anderson Lincoln, NE UCC - United Church of Christ
Ms. Vimary Couvertier-Cruz Chicago, IL Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Ms. Joyce Richardson Newport News, VA Lutheran
Dr. Denise Starkey Duluth, MN Roman Catholic
Mrs. Nancy Brown Stanley, KS Methodist
Virginia Byers Soc. of Friends, Quakers
Rev. Anne Ard State College, PA Presbyterian Church (USA)
Richard Kohlman Independence, MO Church of Christ
Rev. Debra Duke Mountain Lakes, NJ United Church of Christ
Martha Myers Other
Rev. Elizabeth Welch Episcopal
Rabbi David Rose Potomac, MD Jewish -- Conserv.
Rabbi Michelle Fisher Jewish -- Conserv.
Ms. Catherine Thiemann San Diego, CA United Church of Christ

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