The American people are bound by, and have committed ourselves to live by, two covenants. The “king” who sits in the White House is violating them both. On June 12 we will challenge him to renew his active commitment to abide by these sacred covenants.
One Covenant is the Constitution, the basic framework and the process by which we – the American People -- have Covenantally agreed to govern ourselves.
In it, both houses of Congress bespeak the will of the people as well as the President. In it, all the people are enumerated without fear of reprisal, to guarantee just representation. In it, no money may be disbursed from the Treasury except by laws passed by Congress. In it, the Congress has the necessary and proper power to oversee and investigate all the executive offices, including the Presidency, to ascertain whether the laws be just and effective. In it, the press is free and its freedom is upheld. In it, all of us have the equal protection of the law.
This President has violated the Covenant of the Constitution and has tried to erect himself into a tyrant.
The other Covenant is one we individually and communally make with God, the Holy One Whom we know by many Names, and Who speaks through us by the Holy Spirit about the love, the compassion, and the justice that we owe each other.
This Covenant speaks to the content of our laws and regulations, as well as the process by which we adopt them. In this Covenant, it is forbidden to tear children from their families and imprison them in cages; it is forbidden to force desperate asylum-seekers back into the hands of oppressors and murderers; it is forbidden to poison the air, the water, and the food so that they sicken and kill us instead of nurturing us; it is forbidden to poison the atmosphere and oceans of Earth so as to bring terrible fires and floods, famines and diseases upon us and to endanger the entire web of life, including the danger of extinction for the human race; it is forbidden to deny health care to the sick; it is forbidden to subjugate women and deny them the moral agency of conscience; it is forbidden to denigrate and damage people because of their race, their ethnic group, their class, their sexuality and gender.
This President has violated our Covenant with God and has tried to erect himself into a Pharaoh.
What all these sinful acts against both Covenants have in common is that instead of covenantal leadership for justice, compassion, the empowerment of all, and healing, they pursue subjugation: subjugation of racial, religious, ethnic, and gender minorities; of women; of children; of the suffocating middle class, workers, family farmers, the poor, and people who fall sick; of immigrants and refugees; of the free press; of the Congress and the Constitution; even of Earth, our common home. This hate-filled subjugation violates God’s Covenant. It must not stand.
So we turn to an ancient Prophet, Jeremiah, who faced a king similarly possessed by cruelty and corruption:
“Go to the royal palace and deliver this Message. Say, ‘Listen to what God says, O King of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne—you and your officials and all the people who go in and out of these palace gates.'
"This is God’s Message: Attend to matters of justice. Set things right between people. Rescue victims from their exploiters. Don’t take advantage of the homeless, the foreigners, the orphans, the widows. Stop the murdering!
"If you obey these commands, then kings who follow in the line of David will continue to go in and out of these palace gates mounted on horses and riding in chariots—they and their officials and the citizens of Judah. But if you don’t obey these commands, then I swear—God’s Decree!—this palace will end up a heap of rubble." (Jeremiah 22:1-5 )
We are asking you to join us outside the White House on June 12th.
We will be gathering just after Ramadan, Eid, Shavuot, and Pentecost. We will draw upon their wisdom. And we welcome the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Interbreathing Spirit that gives life to ALL traditions, all communities, all life-forms, to speak through us. To make clear our spiritual commitments and the infinitude of forms and teachings through which the Spirit comes to us, we will walk in the vestments of our varied communities of Spirit.
Hundreds of faith leaders will journey to DC. Of those hundreds, some may hear the call upon their spirits to engage in nonviolent moral action. Some may be called there as witnesses. But all are needed to bear witness together in this moment.
To receive information and updates on the specific time and place where we will gather to begin our solemn March to the White House, please click to https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=25 and then register by clicking where indicated. Your confirmation OK will have the full information.
We must not be divided.
We must not be complacent.
We must act so that people are called to a moral awakening.
We are asking you to come to Washington, D.C., on June 12th. Share this invitation with your faith-leader friends and colleagues.
This preceding letter is a summary of the Call previously signed by the Planning Committee:
Bishop William J. Barber II, Moral Monday Architect; President and Senior Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach; Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church; Co-chair, Poor People's Campaign; National NAACP Board Member
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ
Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, Director of Social Justice Organizing Program, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Imam Al-Hajj Talib 'Abdur-Rashid, Ameer/President, The Muslim Alliance in North America
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Director, Kairos Center
Rabbi Dr. Arthur Ocean Waskow, Director, The Shalom Center
Minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director, School for Conversion
This preceding letter is a summary of the Call previously signed by the Planning Committee. To see and sign on to the fuller Call, please click to https://theshalomcenter.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=25 and then register by clicking where indicated. Your confirmation OK will have the full information.
Please share this invitation with your faith-leader friends and colleagues.