Faith Leaders United is a diverse network of faith leaders from across the United States dedicated to safeguarding religious freedom for all people, while also ensuring that religion is not used to harm others.
We believe that religion should lift up, protect and serve others. As faith leaders, we have all seen firsthand the pain and division that is caused when some seek to use religion to discriminate or impose their particular religious beliefs on others.
Faith Leaders United is comprised of faith leaders working to create a national climate where religion is never used as an excuse to deny the advances in LGBTQ rights, women’s equality and access to comprehensive reproductive health.
I hope you will join us in this crucial effort.
~Bill Mefford, Americans United Faith Organizer
If you are a faith leader and are passionate about working for religious freedom for all people, while ensuring religion is not being used to harm or discriminate against others, then we would love to have you join our Faith Leaders United network, which unites people from all religious backgrounds from all over the country.
Check out what some faith leaders are doing to protect religious freedom
Faith Leaders Spoke Out Against Kavanaugh:
Leaders from diverse faith communities spoke out about the threat to church-state separation posed by President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh. They urged the Senate to reject Cavanaugh's nomination. Here are some of their concerns:
The Rev. Charles Foster Johnson, executive director of Pastors for Texas Children, in the Houston Chronicle: “Kavanaugh threatens religious liberty in Texas"
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, United Methodist Church in California, in The Sacramento Bee: “Will a Justice Kavanaugh threaten our religious freedom?”
The Rev. Brian Kaylor, a Baptist minister in Missouri, in the St. Louis Dispatch: “Kavanaugh works to dismantle wall between church, state”
Rabbi Erica Asch and Zen Buddhist priest Peter Wohl in Maine, in the Kennebec Journal: “Kavanaugh nomination puts true religious freedom at risk”
The Rev. David L. Helfer, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, Rhode Island, in the Providence Journal: “Kavanaugh wrong about religious freedom”
Faith Leaders Stand Up For The Johnson Amendment:
The Johnson Amendment is a federal law that protects the integrity of nonprofits, including houses of worship, by ensuring they don't endorse or oppose political candidates. Amid the rhetoric from President Donald Trump and a handful of Religious Right leaders who seek to boost their own political power by undermining the Johnson Amendment, Americans United's Faith Leaders United helped to organize more than 4,600 faith leaders across the country who have spoken out in favor of the current law. Many faith leaders wrote opinion columns in support of the Johnson Amendment:
Margaret Magee, OSF, president and board chair of the Franciscan Action Network, and the. Rev. Jimmie R. Hawkins, director of the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness, in The Hill: "Stop Congress from injecting partisan campaign politics into America’s houses of worship"
The Rev. D. Anthony Everett, Wesley United Methodist Church, Lexington, Ky., in the Lexington Herald-Leader: "Pastors don’t want to endorse candidates"
The Very Rev. Barkley Thompson of Christ Church Cathedral, the Rev. Tommy Williams of St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Rev. Dr. Steve Wells of South Main Baptist Church, in the Houston Chronicle: "Why churches shouldn't endorse political candidates"
The Rev. Stephen Copley, United Methodist pastor and chair of Faith Voices Arkansas, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "Keep it separate: Pulpit no place for partisanship"
The Rev. George Mason of Wilshire Baptist Church and Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El, both in Dallas, in The Dallas Morning News: "A repeal of the Johnson Amendment would sadly bring politics into houses of worship"
Ways to get involved
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Tennessee Faith Leaders Support Public Education:
Faith Leaders United helped to start a network of pastors in Tennessee to support public education and ensure that private school voucher schemes do not take away necessary funding. The effort was detailed in the Knox Tennessee Today.