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Clergy Letter for Moved by Faith

Clergy Letter for Moved by Faith

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Moved By Faith:
 A Call for Peace in Sudan
 
 President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave NWWashington, DC 20500Dear Mr. President,We, the undersigned faith leaders write to express our support for your work to achieve lasting peace in Sudan.We urge you to continue those efforts that will bring peace to millions that live in violence and fear whilelacking the basic services essential for survival. Our shared humanity connects us to people in need, and ourfaith leads us to shed light on situations of injustice. For decades, the citizens of Sudan have been plagued bywar, famine and marginalization. Our faith inspires us to work for justice throughout the world, and we knowthat the leadership of the United States is critical if holistic peace, development and equality are to be realized inSudan.Four years after the U.S. helped broker the pivotal 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), it is clear thatpeace between the north and south remains extremely fragile, and fears of renewed civil war are on the rise. Wethank your administration for recent efforts to address the current state of the CPA along with representatives of Sudan and the international community. We ask that you continue, along with the signatories of the agreementand the international community, to ensure that all aspects of the CPA are fully implemented to help achieve a just and lasting peace for the people of Sudan, including the people of the Three Areas-South Kordofan, BlueNile and Abyei.In Darfur, after more than five years of violence, displacement, and rampant insecurity, millions of people nowdepend on humanitarian aid and are forced to live in makeshift camps. We urge your administration to continueworking with the international community and key actors, including civil society, to help bring a sustainablepeace agreement that will restore security and allow the Darfuri people to freely return to their homes andrebuild their lives.The rarely discussed conflict and lack of development among the Beja in Eastern Sudan must also be resolvedto ensure sustainable peace in Sudan. We urge your administration to play a role in ensuring the 2006agreement is upheld.While we represent diverse faith traditions, we are united in our work for peace, justice and the well-being of allGod's people. As we lead our communities in action and prayer, please know that we support you in your work and believe that your strong leadership is critical in realizing peace and justice in Sudan.With thanks and prayers for your continued service,
 
Rabbi David SapersteinDirector - Religious Action Center
Washington, DC
Imam Mohamed Magid
Vice President - Islamic Society of North America; Director - All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Sterling, VA
Ruth Messinger
 
President - American Jewish World Service
 New York, NY
Galen Carey
 
Director of Government Affairs - National Association of Evangelicals
Washington, DC
Rev. Gloria White-HammondCo-Founder - My Sister's Keeper
Jamaica Plain, MA
Alissa KargDeputy Regional Director for Africa - Lutheran World Relief 
Baltimore, MD
Pastor Cindy LappRepresentative - Mennonite Central Committee
Hyattsville, MD
Dr. Stephen ColecchiDirector - Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Washington, DC
Bishop David JonesEpiscopal Church
Alexandria, VA
Archbishop Vicken AykazianThe Armenian Church of America
New York, NY
Dr. Sayyid M. SyeedNational Director - ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances (IOICA)
Plainfield, IN

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