Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

To: Jo Nuvark
Here's the text of the letter, Jo:
Open Letter on the Need for Revenue from Religious Leaders

What kind of state do we want to live in?

We believe all caring citizens want to live in a state where life’s basic necessities are met.

As religious leaders of Washington State we call upon our legislators to face the daunting challenge of balancing the state budget, with its $9 billion revenue shortfall, with courage and compassion. This cannot be accomplished without increasing revenues.

The massive budget cuts proposed in the Governor, House and Senate budgets devastate life line services such as childcare, public health, health care for kids and adults, housing and care for seniors. It denies opportunities for a quality public education essential for our children’s future. Public services are more important than ever when families lose jobs, lose healthcare and are otherwise economically stressed. To live up to our moral responsibility for the common good, we must find ways to raise additional revenues.


In times like this, we need visionary leadership – that is why we call upon the best minds available to identify additional revenue sources that will be in the best interest of our communities and the least onerous upon lower to middle income workers. In our difficult situation there are some who are better able to bear the economic burden than others. We understand the impact of Initiative 960 and the supermajority vote required by both the House and Senate to pass any tax or fee increase. Because of this we urge the legislature to refer a ballot measure to the people that would maintain core programs that assist our most vulnerable residents: from our children, to our unemployed, to those without health coverage and without shelter, to those living with a disability, and to at-risk seniors.

Yes, we are doing our share in helping people in our communities get through these hard times, but as important as charity is, our churches and congregations are not equipped to maintain the critical social safety net programs and the investments of state government. As economists have said, cutting or eliminating services is not the solution. Maintaining services and keeping our current investments is a critical way to improve our sluggish economy. We call upon you as we call upon the members of our faith communities to join us in an effort to raise revenues recognizing that we live in a state with wealth and resources.

We urge you to fulfill your role as responsible legislators and we will fulfill ours as partners in educating and creating the public will to solve the challenges we face in this economy.


Rev. David Alger
Executive Minister – Associated Ministries of Tacoma & Pierce County

Rev. Paul Benz
Director – Lutheran Public Policy Office of Washington State

Ms. LeeAnne Beres
Executive Director – Earth Ministry/Washington Power & Light

Bishop Wm. Chris Boerger
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Northwest Washington Synod

Rev. Randy Craker
District Superintendent – Church of the Nazarene – Northwest District

Rev. Michael Denton
Conference Minister – Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Tom Ewell
Clerk - Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy

Rabbi David Fine
Director – Union for Reform Judaism Pacific Northwest Council

Rev. Shermella Garrett
Presiding Elder – African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bishop Grant Hagiya
United Methodist Church – Pacific Northwest Conference

Rev. Rebecca Hale
Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – Northwest Region

Rev. Sanford Hampton
Assistant Bishop – Episcopal Diocese of Olympia

Sister Linda Haydock
Executive Director – Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Ms. Janine Larsen
District Executive – Pacific Northwest District of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Rabbi James Mirel
Washington State Coalition of Rabbis

Rev. Sharon Moe
Tacoma District Superintendent – Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rev. Jack Olive
Assistant Dean - School of Theology & Ministry – Seattle University

Rev. Dr. Marcia Patton
Executive Minister – Evergreen Baptist Association

Mr. Michael Ramos
Executive Director – Church Council of Greater Seattle

Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop
Episcopal Church USA – Olympia Diocese

Rev. Bavi Edna Rivera – Bishop Suffragan
Episcopal Church USA – Olympia Diocese

Rev. Pat Simpson
Seattle District Superintendent – Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church

Very Reverend Abbot Tryphon
Russian Orthodox Church – All Merciful Savior Monastery

Bishop James E. Waggoner, Jr.
Episcopal Church USA – Diocese of Spokane

Bishop Martin Wells
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod

Ms. Alice Woldt
Executive Director – Washington Association of Churches

Ms. Mary Ellen Wood
Executive Director - Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington

For further information please contact Rev. Paul Benz

5 posted on 04/09/2009 10:35:36 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Presbyterians often forget that John Knox had been a Sunday bowler.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies ]

To: Alex Murphy

All of the apostate church. Thanks for naming names.

10 posted on 04/09/2009 10:59:32 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies ]

To: Alex Murphy

Thanks Alex!

17 posted on 04/09/2009 12:27:51 PM PDT by Jo Nuvark (Those who bless Israel will be blessed, those who curse Israel will be cursed. Gen 12:3)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies ]

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson