We are an interfaith group of clergy and lay people in central Virginia who believe that the voice of the religious right on crucial issues of justice, peace, and the common good has gone effectively unanswered. Therefore we seek to help build a more faithful community of conscience and to stimulate action in the arena of public policy.
We invite other clergy and lay people to join us. We seek a commitment to active participation in the political process by those members of religious communities who hold views larger than sectarian interests or narrow ideologies and who would serve, beyond private advantage and any claim of spiritual superiority, the moral vision of the common good.
We believe moral values are involved in:
- The abuse of the environment, global warming, and exploitation of natural resources
- The fact that 45 million Americans are without health insurance
- The underfunding of public education
- The widening economic gap between the rich and the poor in America
- the conduct of our “war on terrorism” and the war in Iraq
- The attainment of legal rights for all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or sexual orientation
- The complex issues of abortion, stem-cell research, and end-of-life decisions
We believe that:
- All religious communities should study and discuss these moral issues and communicate their concerns to local, state and national leaders, and that
- The leaders of religious communities should advocate and model humility and collaboration as they address such moral issues.
An Appeal for Moral Values in Politics
We have prepared and circulated in a brochure a public statement, “An Appeal for Moral Values in Politics,” suggesting the constitutional justification and outlining the religious grounding of our concern for public policy issues. Read or download this appeal.