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Join Bishop Larry Goodpaster, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, and clergy from across the United States in demonstrating the depth and breadth of the interfaith movement for global economic justice and human rights. You can join the effort by signing the letter (clergy only) and/or urging your pastor or pastors you know to sign the letter to President Barack Obama. The letter celebrates the legacy of the interfaith Jubilee debt-relief movement and urges the administration to embrace the next generation of critical reforms to the global economy that will establish
right relations among nations and peoples.

 

Imagine No Malaria

 

In Luke, Jesus reads from Isaiah saying:

 

"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

 

Our Social Principles underscore the commitment of United Methodists towards a just economy:

 

"We urge Christians in every society to encourage the governments under which they live and the economic entities within their societies to aid and work for the development of more just economic orders." The United Methodist Church is indeed global and cannot shirk its responsibility to be a global voice."

 

Take Action: Add your name (clergy only) and/or encouraging other pastors to sign.

 

Debt Relief Makes a Difference

 

Due to the efforts of the Jubilee movement, more than $100 billion has been delivered in debt relief to 35 poor countries. This enabled them to direct precious resources toward health care, education, clean water and infrastructure. 

  • In Tanzania, more than 2,500 new schools have been built with debt-relief savings, and the number of children in school has increased by 50 percent.
  • In Burundi, debt relief has enabled the government to promote free health care for expectant mothers and children under age 5.

We celebrate these successes, but know they are just nascent steps in creating a just world economy. Economic structures that cause crippling debt and impoverishment remain.

 

The time is right for faith leaders to speak out and urge President Obama to lead in building a global economy that recognizes our responsibility as our sisters' and brothers' keepers. We are seeking at least 200 signatures from United Methodist pastors.

 

Please consider adding your name (clergy only) and/or encouraging your pastor or pastors you know to sign.

 

In Christ's name,

Mark Harrison
Director, Peace with Justice

 

United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
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