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Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act

Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act

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We invite national and local faith organizations, congregations and individual faith leaders to join the Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act.

The Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) is a project of the Immigration Equality Action Fund. Members of the coalition provide supportive religious voices for inclusion of all families in comprehensive immigration reform measures.

Member organizations represent a diverse group of local and national religious organizations and faith leaders who believe that any immigration reform effort must also end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrant families through the inclusion of UAFA in any legislative action.

Through a multi-denominational campaign for passage of UAFA, the faith coalition calls on Congress to follow religious traditions of welcoming and caring for all families, including those separated, or facing separation, because of discriminatory immigration laws.

To sign on to the letter or if you would like further information, please contact Policy Counsel Connie Utada by phone at 202-347-0908 or by email cutada@imeqactionfund.org.
We invite national and local faith organizations, congregations and individual faith leaders to join the Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act.

The Faith Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA) is a project of the Immigration Equality Action Fund. Members of the coalition provide supportive religious voices for inclusion of all families in comprehensive immigration reform measures.

Member organizations represent a diverse group of local and national religious organizations and faith leaders who believe that any immigration reform effort must also end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) immigrant families through the inclusion of UAFA in any legislative action.

Through a multi-denominational campaign for passage of UAFA, the faith coalition calls on Congress to follow religious traditions of welcoming and caring for all families, including those separated, or facing separation, because of discriminatory immigration laws.

To sign on to the letter or if you would like further information, please contact Policy Counsel Connie Utada by phone at 202-347-0908 or by email cutada@imeqactionfund.org.

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Faith Coalition for theUniting American Families Act
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 250Washington, DC 20005202-347-0002
ImEActionFund.or 
August 1, 2011Dear Honorable Senators and Members of Congress:We, the undersigned faith-based leaders and organizations, join together tocall upon President Obama and our elected officials in Congress to enactinclusive, comprehensive immigration reform legislation that ends the long-standing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immi-grant families.Our diverse faith traditions teach us to welcome and care for our neighborswith love and compassion. Of the many great injustices in this brokenimmigration system, family separation is one of the most egregious. Family isthe bedrock of any society and is critical in the development of healthyindividuals and strong communities. Immigration policies should makeexpeditious family reunification a top priority and should include all familiesas part of that foundation. For us, this is a clear matter of simple justice.Under current immigration law, gay and lesbian people cannot sponsor their foreign-born partner for an immigration visa, no matter how long they havebeen together or how committed their relationship. With no ability to sponsor their partners, U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are being forcedto live abroad, disrupting their careers, uprooting their children, and breakingties with family, local communities and places of worship. No one should beforced to choose between their country and the person they love. It is timethat U.S. immigration laws kept families together instead of tearing themapart.There are over twenty countries — including strong allies such as the UnitedKingdom, Canada, Australia, Israel and South Africa — that recognize thepermanent partnerships of lesbian and gay couples within their immigrationlaws. The United States should also be a leader in protecting the equal rightsof its citizens and should not continue this discriminatory treatment in its im-migration laws.The Uniting American Families Act would end the long-standingdiscrimination lesbian and gay binational couples face under currentimmigration law. This bill would allow lesbian and gay binational couples topetition in the same way — and with the same rigorous process of documentation – as straight couples. We endorse the Uniting AmericanFamilies Act which upholds the fundamental value of keeping familiestogether. We urge Congress to pass this critically important legislation as partof any comprehensive immigration reform measure.We call on President Obama, and Members of Congress, to provide theleadership and moral courage to pass inclusive and comprehensiveimmigration reform legislation. No reform can truly be called comprehensiveunless it includes LGBT immigrant families as well. We are committed toworking together for this long overdue and much-needed reform.We must all work to honor our country’s commitment to families and its richhistory as a nation of immigrants.Sincerely,
Faith Coalition for the
 
Uniting American Families Act
 
National Congregations andFaith Organizations
African American Ministers In Action –Equal Justice TaskforceALEPH: Alliance for Jewish RenewalAmerican Jewish CommitteeAmerican National Catholic ChurchThe Ancient Apostolic CommunionAssociation of Welcoming and AffirmingBaptists (AWAB)Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBTInterestsCall to ActionCatholics for EqualityChurch World Service, Immigration andRefugee ProgramClergy United, IncCovenant Network of PresbyteriansDignityUSAThe Episcopal ChurchFriends Committee on NationalLegislationGLAD Alliance – Christian Church(Disciples of Christ)Human Rights Campaign FoundationReligion and Faith ProgramInstitute for Welcoming ResourcesIntegrityUSAThe Jewish Labor CommitteeJewish Reconstructionist FederationJustice Action NetworkKeshetLutherans Concerned of North AmericaMethodist Federation for Social ActionMetropolitan Community ChurchesMore Light PresbyteriansMuslims for Progressive ValuesNorth American Old Catholic ChurchOld Catholic Apostolic Church of theAmericasPresbyterian Voices for JusticeQueer Muslim CollectiveUnion of Black EpiscopaliansUnion for Reform JudaismUnited Church of ChristUnited Methodist Church, GeneralBoard of Church and SocietyUnited Synagogue of ConservativeJudaismUnitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
 
Note: Congregation names shown for identification purposes only, not to convey Congregational endorsement.
 
ALASKA
Pastor Dan Bollerud
Christ Our Savior Lutheran ChurchAnchorage, AK
Rev. Dr. Phil
CampbellNorthern Light UnitedChurchJuneau, AK
Rev. Martin Dasler 
Amazing GraceLutheran ChurchAnchorage, AK
Rev. Jana Deiss
Table of Grace LutheranChurchBethel, AK
Rev. Niutunu Faiupu
Church of NewTestamentFeagaiga FouAnchorage, AK
Rev. Dan Fullerton
First PresbyterianChurchSitka, AK
Rev. Luisa Hanson
Dillingham TrinityLutheran ChurchDillingham, AK
Rev. Beatrice
HitchcockUnitarian UniversalistFellowshipAnchorage, AK
Rev. Johnathan Jones
Church Life AlaskaAnchorage, AK
Rev. Douglas M.Lindsay
University CommunityMinistryAnchorage, AK
Rev. Debra Lindsay-Hudgins
First United MethodistChurchAnchorage, AK
Dan Lush
Willow United MethodistChurchWillow, AK
Rev. Matthew Moak
Metropolitan CommunityChurchAnchorage, AK
Rev. Ron Nitz
 Resurrection LutheranChurchSeward, AK
Rev. Dianne O'Connell
 Immanuel PresbyterianChurchAnchorage, AK
Rev. Glenn C. Petersen
Central Lutheran ChurchAnchorage, AK
Rev. Cindy Roberts
Douglas CommunityUnited Methodist ChurchDouglas, AK
Rev. Sarah Schurr 
Unitarian UniversalistFellowshipJuneau, AK
Rev. Bob Stevens
St Brendan's EpiscopalChurchJuneau, AK
Rev. Karen MartinTichenor 
New HopeMethodist PresbyterianChurchNorth Pole, AKARIZONA
 
Rev. Julia B. Johnson
St. Phillips in the HillsTucson, AZCALIFORNIA
Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist
San Francisco, CA
 Rev. Canon MichaelBarlowe
Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaSan Francisco, CA
Rev. JacquelineCherry
Episcopal Church of St.John the EvangelistSan Francisco, CA
Rev. Este Gardner Cantor 
Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaHoly Trinity/ LaSantisima TrinidadRichmond, CA
Leslie Gersicoff,Executive Director 
Jewish Labor CommitteeWestern RegionLos Angeles, CA
Floyd Glen-Lambert,President
Jewish Labor CommitteeWestern RegionLos Angeles, CA
D. Emily Hicks, Ph.D.
Vestry, St. Mark’sSan Diego, CA
Rev. Dr. Bob Shore-Goss
Metropolitan CommunityChurchNorth Hollywood, CA
Rev. Dr. Richard L.Smith
Episcopal Church of St.Johnthe EvangelistSan Francisco, CA
Rev. Sue Thompson
 Episcopal ChurchPacifica, CA
Rev. M. Sylvia O.Vásquez
St. Paul’s EpiscopalChurchWalnut Creek, CACONNECTICUT
Rev. Richard C. Allen
Congregational ChurchSouth Glastonberry, CT
Rev. Marjo Anderson
Tabor EvangelicalLutheran ChurchBranford, CT
Fr. Matthew R. Bailey
Saint Joseph of Arimathea IndependentCatholic ChurchNew Haven, CT
Rev. Marilyn Bowens
Metropolitan CommunityChurchNew Haven, CT
 
Rabbi Herbert
Brockman, Ph.D.Congregation MishkanIsraelHamden, CT
Rev. Vicki I. Flippin
Diamond HillUnited Methodist ChurchCos Cob, CT
Rabbi Stephen Fuchs,D.Min., DD
Congregation BethIsraelWest Hartford, CT
 
Note: Congregation names shown for identification purposes only, not to convey Congregational endorsement.
 
Rev. Paul E. Gilmore
 First PresbyterianChurchNew Canaan, CT
Rabbi RachelGoldenberg
Congregation BethShalomRodfe ZedekChester, CT
Rev. Paul F. Goodman
First Church of ChristHartford, CT
Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz
Congregation B’naiIsraelBridgeport, CT
Rev. Don Hamer 
Trinity Episcopal ChurchHartford, CT
Rev. Paul Hayes
Noank Baptist ChurchNoank, CT
Rev. Kristen J.Kleiman
First CongregationalChurchBristol, CT
Rev. Sue Latourette
First Church of ChristMiddletown, CT
Rev. Mark Lingle
St. Francis EpiscopalChurchStamford, CT
Rev. Matthew J.McCaffrey
First Church of ChristMansfield Center, CT
Rev. Robert J.McGrath
 South CongregationalChurchWaterbury, CT
Rev. Micki Nunn-Miller 
 United Church of ChristCorwall, CT
Rev. Erick Olsen
 Church of Christ,CongregationalMiddletown, CT
Rev. Josh Pawelek
 Unitarian UniversalistSocietyManchester, CT
Rev. Puck Purnell
 Old St. Andrew’sEpiscopal ChurchBloomfield, CT
Rev. Ron Sala
 Unitarian UniversalistSocietyStamford, CT
Rev. Julie-AnnSilberman-Bunn
 Unitarian UniversalistChurchBridgeport, CT
Fr. Shawn M. Smith
 St. Joseph of ArimaetheaCatholic ChurchNew Haven, CT
Minister Suzanne R.Spencer 
 Unitarian UniversalistChurchDanbury, CT
Rev. Dr. Rochelle A.Stackhouse
 Church of the Redeemer New Haven, CT
Rabbi JoshuaWhinston
 Temple Beth DavidCheshire, CTDISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA
Rt. Rev. John BrysonChane
 Bishop, Diocese of Washington
Rev. SarabethGoodwin
 St. Stephen and theIncarnationEpiscopal ChurchWashington, DC
Archbishop Michael V.Seneco
 North American OldCatholic ChurchWashington, DCFLORIDA
Rev. Wilifred Allen-Faiella
St. Stephen's EpiscopalChurchCoconut Grove, FL
Rabbi Terry Bookman
Temple Beth AmPinecrest, FL
Rev. LawrenceBoudon
St. James’ EvangelicalLutheran ChurchCoral Gables, FL
Rabbi Mitchell Chefitz
Temple Israel of Greater MiamiMiami, FL
Rabbi Jody Cohen
 Temple IsraelMiami, FL
Rev. Frank Corbishley
 St. Bede EpiscopalChapelCoral Gables, FL
Rev. Alberto R. Cutié
Church of theResurrectionBiscayne Park, FL
Rev. Rick Effinger 
Episcopal Church of Bethesdaby the SeaPalm Beach, FL
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade
Episcopal Diocese of Southeast FloridaMiami, FL
Rabbi Gary Glickstein
Temple Beth SholomMiami Beach, FL
Rabbi RachelGreengreass
Temple Beth AmPinecrest, FL
Rabbi Arturo Kalfus
Temple Beth AmPinecrest, FL
Rev. Dr. JosephMcMurray
Metropolitan CommunityChurchKey West, FL
Rev. Dr. Sam Rutland
 Miami ShoresPresbyterian ChurchMiami Shores, FL
Rabbi BrianSchuldenfrei

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