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Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis

Presiding Bishop Curry, the Rev. Jim Wallis issue letter on Reclaiming Jesus Declaration

Dear brothers and sisters,
We are writing to you as church leaders: specifically in your roles as heads of denominations, local bishops, regional executives, or heads of national faith-based organizations.  
Many of you have already heard about the declaration called Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis, which has been commended to the churches by a group of elders from across the traditions of our Christian families. Conceived and discerned during an Ash Wednesday retreat, written and prayed over during Lent, announced to some colleagues and a few publications at Easter, it will finally be launched to the churches at Pentecost–when the early Christians took their faith to the streets in the public square. Those who have come together did so on the basis of relationships more than formal representation, are all in their sixties or seventies, and are either current or former heads of churches or church organizations. 
The declaration, as well as a summary version that has been published in both church and secular publications, are here.   And we also want to draw your attention to a short but moving video here with several of our elders speaking to the need to reclaim the name of Jesus in a time such as this. That video was just released and in just over a day has been viewed by almost half a million people because, we believe, there is a great hunger in the churches and beyond for an alternative faithful Christian voice to what many people are hearing or not hearing at this historical moment.

What we have now heard from many current heads of communions, bishops from many parts of the country, and leaders of faith-based organizations is that they would like to “sign on” to the statement the elders have made. The elders, who have decided to stay together, have met to ponder that question and decided that any other church leaders, of any age or leadership position in the churches, are welcome to sign on IF they are willing to send the Reclaiming Jesus declaration and video to all the pastors in their denomination, or to the diocese, region, or district where they have leadership responsibility. 

We have come together out of our deep concern and calling regarding the “soul of the nation” and the “integrity of faith” as we put it in the declaration. If you resonate with that concern and call, we would love for you to join us and share this with as many pastors as you can. 

The Rev. Jim Wallis                                      Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
President and Founder, Sojourners            Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

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