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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.

>> Sign the National Declaration now!

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
President,
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
President,
The Swedenborgian Church
of North America

Rabbi Norman Lamm
Chancellor and Rosh HaYeshiva,
Yeshiva University

Rev. Michael E. Livingston
International Council of
Community Churches

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

Rev. Brian D. McLaren
Emergent

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

Rev. Peter Morales
President,
Unitarian Universalist Association
of Congregations

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

Socho Koshin Ogui
Bishop,
Buddhist Churches of America

Rev. Glenn R. Palmberg
President,
Evangelical Convenant Church

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

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
President,
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.
President
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
President,
Council of Bishops
United Methodist Church

Rev. David L. Wickmann
President,
Moravian Church, Northern Province

Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator,
Metropolitan Community Church

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
President,
Union for Reform Judaism

 


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Declaration Signers

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

NameLocationFaith Community
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
Deaconess Sharon Hachtman Bethlehem, PA United Methodist Church
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 Cranbury, NJ United Church of Christ
Rev. Diane Weible Honolulu, HI 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
Rev. Rosalee Glass Camden, Maine The Episcopal Church
Friend Stefanie Mason Media, PA Christian
Maggie Smith seattle, wa Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Lois Dauway New York, NY Methodist
Rev. Monica McDowell Elvig Lake Forest Park, WA Presbyterian
Jeanette Stokes Durham, NC Presbyterian
Rev. Rebecca J. Tollefson Columbus, OH Presbyterian
Deborah and Nick Carter Newton Center, MA
Dr. Rodney Petersen Newton, MA Presbyterian -USA
Rev. Carole Bonnie Belgrade Newton, MA Episcopal
Rev. Fredrica Meitzen Dillsburg, PA Lutheran
Rev. Sharon Thornton United Church of Christ
Dr. Mary E. Hunt Silver Spring, MD Roman Catholic
Nancy L Sauer Grand Rapids, MN Secular
Cynthia Hill Independence, MO Disciples of Christ
Rev. Crystal Jackson-Moore Dayton, OH Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Dr. MARIE COLES B CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia United Church of Christ
Dr. MARIE COLES BAKER CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia United Church of Christ
CATHY BURRIS Indianapolis, IN United Methodist Church
Mrs. deborah hammond chicago, IL United Methodist Church
Dr. Philip McKinley Winston salem, North Carolina Moravian Church
Mrs. nancy traer Claremont, CA Christian
Ms. Myra Carden valparaiso, Indiana (IN) Non-Denominational Christian
Friend Margie Peterson Other
Rev. Tywanna Jones Denver, CO Baptist
Pastor Myra Maxwell Philadelphia, PA Evangelical
Mrs. Louise Hiatt High Point, North Carolina United Methodist Church
Ms. Bridgette Goldstein Compton, California Christian
Ms. Shannon Hatfield Christian
Mrs. Rita Gaither-Gant United Methodist Church
Rev. Sondra Carter United Church of Christ

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