Dear President-elect Trump,
As representatives of many different faith communities, we are writing to convey our hope and prayers that you will robustly defend the dignity of all people and strive to advance democracy, human rights, and rule of law both here at home and around the world.
We live in an era when fear and anger have eroded the common concern for human life and human dignity. Too often lines are drawn between people of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures, and some use those lines in an attempt to justify killing, torture, and other immoral acts of brutality.
While we represent a diversity of faith traditions, we stand together in a shared belief in the God-given dignity of each person and the conviction that America should reject the forces that divide people and should protect those who are at risk of torture, rape, genocide, and other violations of human dignity. Our faith traditions teach us that standing up for the vulnerable and those in need is at integral to the well-being of our shared community. We believe that our country should champion democracy and rule of law both here and abroad.
As you begin your presidency, we pray that you will stand to protect American values like democracy, freedom of religion, and rule of law, and that you will defend people from torture, genocide, and other assaults on human dignity.
Please know that our prayers are with you. As you shoulder the burdens of the presidency, you can always reach out to any of us for counsel and prayer.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough President, The Council of Bishops, The United Methodist Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church
Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Kavneet Singh, President, American Sikh Council (ASC)
Colin P. Watson, Sr., Director of Ministries and Administration, Christian Reformed Church in North America
Sr. Simone Campbell, Executive Director NETWORK: A Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Rev. Paula Clayton Dempsey, Director of Partnership Relations, Alliance of Baptists
Ervin R. Stutzman, Executive Director, Mennonite Church USA
Patrick Carolan, Executive Director, Franciscan Action Network
Diane Randall, Executive Secretary, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director of Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America
Dr. Susan E. Gillies, Interim General Secretary, American Baptist Churches USA
Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary, National Council of the Churches
Rev. David Steele, General Secretary, Church of the Brethren
Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
Rev. Ron Stief, Executive Director, National Religious Campaign Against Torture
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Executive Director T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Gerry Lee, Director, Maryknoll Office for Global Concern
Sr. Patricia J. Chappell, Executive Director, Pax Christi USA
Hon. Thomas H. Andrews, President & CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee