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Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
A Christian Voice for Peace, Justice, Sustainability, and Equality  

(ELG's Letter Continued)

Every day, they are demonstrating their commitment to loving God and their neighbors as themselves.

Our people are showing us all how to live, and how to lead. We invite you to come visit us in Baltimore; see us in action, and see how our communities survive and even thrive in the face of adversity. We are asking for your help - not tweets of denunciation.

Today, more than ever, we need visionary leaders like Jeremiah. In an open society of honest disagreements and political differences, it’s especially imperative that leaders do not insult, demean, dehumanize and divide people and communities. Good leaders lift up, call people together, and bring out the best in them. Slamming individuals and whole communities is not leadership; its regression -for everybody. Leaders lead.

Mr. President, as religious leaders we implore you: in the name of all that is good, healthy and decent, stop putting people down. Enough of the harmful rhetoric that angers and discourages the people and communities you are called to serve - more than you know.

Lead.

Signed,

The Ecumenical Leaders' Group of Maryland

The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

The Rev. William J. Gohl, Jr., Bishop
Delaware-Maryland Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop LaTrelle M. Easterling
Resident Bishop, Washington Episcopal Area
Baltimore-Washington Conference
The United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Wanda Bynum Duckett
Baltimore Metropolitan District Superintendent
Baltimore-Washington Conference
The United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson
Executive Minister of Justice and Service
Baltimore-Washington Conference
The United Methodist Church

The Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The Most Reverend Denis J. Madden
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
The Archdiocese of Baltimore

Rev. Freeman L. Palmer
Conference Minister
Central Atlantic Conference United Church of Christ

Rev. Dellyne Hinton
Chairperson, Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Allen V. Harris
Regional Minister
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Capital Area

Rev. Jacqueline E. Taylor
General Presbyter
Presbytery of Baltimore
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)


Letter in PDF