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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.

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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
Carrole Moss Stone Mountain, GA United Church of Christ
Rev. John Richardson Wilson, NC Disciples of Christ
Ms. Becky Kennedy St. Paul, MN Other
Rev. Daniel Bell, Jr. Sandy, UT Methodist
Ann L. Hanson Lakewood, OH UCC - United Church of Christ
Rev. Lois M. Powell United Church of Christ
Sophia Smith Wheaton, IL Lutheran
Rev. Jeanne Dickenson Nevada City, CA Buddhist
Rev. Dr. John Jillions Syosset, NY Orthodox Church in America
Rabbi Fred Greene Roswell, GA Jewish
Ms. Melody Dillard Carthage, TX Baptist
Ms. Riane Ashley Cardenas Honolulu, HAWAII Roman Catholic
Rev. Christopher R. Birstler Staten Island, NY Non-Denominational Christian
Rev. Debra Duke Mountain Lakes, NJ United Church of Christ
Rev. Carolyn Held Saint Louis, MO United Church of Christ
Rev. Mary Hanke Redmond, WA Presbyterian
Julie Taylor Raleigh, NC United Methodist Church
Rev David Miller Elkhart, IN Mennonite Church USA
Mrs. Patricia Turner Churchville, MD Presbyterian Church (USA)
Dr. Victoria J. Rollins New York, NY Anglican Church of Canada
Ms. Michelle Creer Cleveland, OH African Methodist Episcopal Church
Ms. Stephanie Grey Minneapolis, MN Secular
Chaplain Roger Gauthier Virginia Beach, VA Non-Denominational Christian
Ada A. McConnell Blountville, TN United Methodist Church
Ms. Jane Morrow Morganton, NC Southern Baptist Convention
Mrs. Deborah Robinson Tallahassee, FL United Methodist Church
Mrs. Glenda Campbell Chicago, IL United Methodist Church
Ms. Kathy Barbini San Diego, California Other
Rev. Lee Clasper-Torch Providence, Rhode Island United Church of Christ
Ms. Robin Mullins Fort Collins, CO Christian
Pastor Michelle Soto Staten Island, NY Christian
Ms. Jennifer Keltner Merced, CA Other
Mrs. Nancy Foskey Concord, NC The Episcopal Church
Ms. A O Brown Jamaica, NY Presbyterian Church (USA)
Pastor Cynthia Robinson Newark, New Jersey Non-Denominational Christian
Ms. Patricia S Castillo SAN ANTONIO, TExas Protestant
Friend lucila rodriguez rochester, New York Christian
Dr. David Johnson North Charleston, SC Methodist
Deacon Darlene D Matheney New Orleans, LA Christian
Mrs. Kenyatta Starke York, PA Non-Denominational Christian
Rev. Renee Splichal Larson Mandan, ND Lutheran
Elder peter nyongesa nairobi, east africa United Methodist Church
Rev. Sheril Davison AUGUSTA, GA Christian
Sister Thamara Alshehri Yonkers, NY Muslim American Society
Sister Nandi Chendori Love Grand Rapids, MI Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. Dr. Rick Miller Rutherfordton, NC United Methodist Church
Rev. Antonio R. Flores Los Angeles, Ca United Methodist Church
Sharon Mitchell Cleveland, Ohio Baptist
Mrs. Tekeyia fraling Baltimore, maryland Christian
Deirdre Coleman Charlotte, NC Baha'i International Community
Rev. Heather Debreceni Longmont, CO Non-Denominational Christian
Mrs. Kathy Lanier N. Richland Hills, TX Christian
Mr. Randy Clinton N. Richland Hills, TX Christian
Sister Tina Lane Newark, New Jersey Baptist
Mrs. Tina Knupp Mount Jackson, Virginia Other
Rev. Eva Schroeder Ganges/Fennville, Michigan Hindu
Rev. Jacob DeBoer Steele, ND Lutheran
Rev. Carol Wendel Bottineau, ND Lutheran
Mrs. Rita Gaither-Gant Indianapolis, Indiana United Methodist Church
Rev. Carol Brooks Plano, TX Episcopal
Rev. Jean Sullivan Monticello, IA United Church of Christ
Deacon Diane Fobes Seattle, WA Presbyterian Church (USA)
Ms. Leslie Golden Charlotte, NC The Episcopal Church
Ms. Roxie Pearson Mobile, AL Other
Pastor Sandra Anderson Ray, ND Lutheran
Sister ruth dorceus elizabeth, nj Non-Denominational Christian
Ms. Susan Kelley Plattsburgh, NY United Methodist Church
Rev. Sarah Raymond Thompson, ND Lutheran
Pamela power Bismarck, ND Lutheran
Stephanie Boschee Charlotte, NC Christian and Missionary Alliance
Pastor Sondra Krogstad Turtle Lake, ND Lutheran
Rev. Annette Olsen Durham, NC United Church of Christ
Ms. Tamm Phillips athens, tx Baptist
Aparna Bhattacharyya Atlanta, GA Georgia Hindu
Ms. Juliet Sirisu Tacoma, Washington Roman Catholic
Mrs. Stacey Wilson Columbus, Ohio Non-Denominational Christian
Mrs. Barbara Walls Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Christian
Ms. Jane Newman Hokes Bluff, AL Baptist
Dr. Saida Abdul-Aziz Philadelphia, PA Muslim
Mrs. Susan Cotten Madison, WI Evangelical Free Church of America
eguins Jean pierre Linden, New Jersey Non-Denominational Christian
Rev. Nancy Eggen SHARON, CT United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Phil Campbell Juneau, AK Other
Rev. Frank Morris Jersey City, New Jersey Baptist
Rev. Kyoki Roberts Sewickley, PA Buddhist
Ms. Karen Pitt Halifax, Nova Scotia Anglican Church of Canada
Sister Lou Anglin Dubuque, IA Roman Catholic
Sister Dolores Becker San Antonio, TX Roman Catholic
Sister C Jean Hayen, BVM Dubuque, Iowa Roman Catholic
Mrs. Mary Ann Krems Stevens Point, WI Roman Catholic
Sister Gwen Farry Chicago, IL Roman Catholic
Rev. Swami Atmalokananda Rev. Glenn Davenport Ganges, Fennville, Michigan Hindu
Sannyasini Shaktibrata Rev. Sharon Henry Ganges, Michigan Hindu
Rev. Dr. Suzanne Moseley Dallas, TX Christian
Dr. prof premraj pushpakaran calicut, kerala Hindu
Faith Fraser Memphis, TN Christian
Ms. Tiana Brachel Cartersville, GA The Episcopal Church
Deacon Nicodeme Lebon elizabeth, nj Non-Denominational Christian
Mr. mardona pierre Carteret, New Jersey Non-Denominational Christian
Ms. Stephanie Occulis roselle, NJ Non-Denominational Christian

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