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Clergy urge Congress to come together for civility

A coalition of more than 50 mainline and evangelical Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders have sent an open letter to Congress urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent and vitriolic political rhetoric."

The clergy statement, printed January 13 in a full-page ad in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, also said: "In our churches, mosques and synagogues, we come together not as members of a certain political ideology or party, but as children of God and citizens called to build a more perfect union," the letter said. "We pray that you do the same."

Among mainline leaders signing the letter were Peg Chemberlin of the National Council of Churches, Pres­byterian Gradye Parsons, Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ  and Wesley Granberg-Michaelson of the Reformed Church in America. —RNS

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