Add your name to OFRAH's Letter from Faith Leaders Asking Congress to Oppose Budget Cuts for People Experiencing Hunger and Poverty

This letter, convened by the Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger, will be submitted to all 5 congressional representatives and 2 senators from Oregon after this November's election. Text of the letter is as follows, and the online sign-up form is below the letter. The deadline for sign-on is Monday, November 12. You may sign on as an individual or on behalf of an organization - see options below. ***************** Dear Member of Congress/Senator: As faith leaders throughout Oregon, we believe the federal budget is a moral document. It establishes priorities for our nation and incorporates a vision of the kind of nation we wish to be. At a time when one in six families in Oregon struggles to put food on the table, the federal budget must protect the most vulnerable in our society. At the same time, we recognize that good stewardship demands solutions to our nation’s long-term debt. The faith community’s commitment to ending poverty is encapsulated in the sacred teachings of our Scriptures, where it is commanded: “There shall be no needy among you,” (Deuteronomy 15:4). Helping our fellow human beings is not simply a matter of charity, but truly one of responsibility, righteousness, and, above all, justice. This is why the faith community has long organized social service networks that offer care and support for millions of the most at-risk people in our society regardless of religious background. But, despite our best efforts, we know that additional federal cuts to vital human service programs would threaten to overwhelm our agencies by dramatically increasing demand for their services. We cannot do this work alone. Accordingly, we urge you to pass a federal budget for 2013 that accomplishes four goals:
  • Restores economic opportunity and reduces poverty by making much-needed long-term investments in education, infrastructure, affordable housing, health care, and job creation.
  • Meets immediate needs by protecting safety-net services for the most vulnerable including, but not limited to, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Older Americans Act.
  • Ensures adequate resources for shared priorities. Any deficit reduction agreement must be balanced between spending cuts and significant new revenues.
  • Recognizes an important role for government action. We need strong public structures that combat poverty, restore economic opportunity, and rebuild a robust middle class. Faith communities and charities cannot do it alone.
Thank you for your work on these difficult issues. Sincerely, Oregon's Faith Leaders (updated 11/12/12) Statewide and National Organizations The Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger (OFRAH) Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon The Archdiocese of Portland Oregon Area Jewish Committee Bread for the World Local Organizations and Congregations Beit Haverim, Lake Oswego Benedictine Sisters, Mt. Angel Cedar Hills United Church of Christ, Social Justice Committee Central Lutheran Church, Portland Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, Portland Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland First Christian Church, Eugene FISH Food Bank, Hood River Grace Food Pantry, Astoria Huerto de la Familia, Eugene The Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, Community Relations Committee Jewish Family & Child Service, Portland Klamath Falls Friends Church (Quaker), Klamath Falls Oak Street Church, Silverton OFRAH Portland Metro Conveners Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Lake Oswego P'nai Or of Portland Portland Mennonite Church, The Peace, Justice, and Environment Committee (Portland) Presbytery of the Cascades (114 Congregations, 21,000 members) Sacred Heart Parish, Portland Springfield Church of the Brethren, Springfield St. Alice Catholic Church, Springfield St. Ignatius Parish, Portland St Joseph's Catholic Church, Cloverdale St. Vincent de Paul, Sandy Sts. Brendan and Bridgid Catholic Mission, Gresham Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Brookings West Linn Lutheran Church, West Linn, OR Individuals* Katy Ailstock, Director of Educational Ministries, Calvin Presbyterian Church Thomas Amsberry, Otis Roseta Akin, Community Organizer, Voters Registration Depot Carole J. Anderson, Tigard Rev. Lyle Anderson II, Visiting Ministry Cordinator, Greater Pacific Northwest Mission Center - Community of Christ, Aumsville Kathleen Baldwin, Mt. Angel Don and Betty Balmer, Portland Jackie Barbour, M.D., OFRAH Eugene Kathleen Bauska, Community Meals Coordinator, St. Helens, OR Nancy Becker, Oregon Public Health Institute, Portland Rev. Dave Bean, President, OR-ID Methodist Federation for Social Action Bridget Becker, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese of Portland Rae E. Belt, Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church Mary Faye Bennett, Central Lutheran Church, Portland Judith Bevilacqua, Gresham Pr. Robert M. Bjornstad, Pastor, Peace Lutheran Congregation, Salem, Oregon Mary Blackwell, St. Anthony Village, Portland Dan and Janet Blair, Joseph Rev. Jim Boston, Priest-in-Charge, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Cave Junction Elizabeth S. Boyce, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland Kenneth Boone, Deacon, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Cottage Grove Bishop David Brauer-Rieke, Oregon Synod, ELCA Connie Brenner, Valley Community Presbyterian Church, Portland Rev. Edgar Brandt, President, Oregon Farm Worker Ministry, Dallas Audre Bratcher, First Christian Church, Portland Rev. Patrick Brennan, Pastor, St. Mary's Cathedral, Portland Richard and Virginia Busic, First Christian Church, Eugene Peggy Brice, Business Manager, St. Juan Diego Parish, Portland Rev. Mark Brocker, Lead Pastor, St. Andrew Lutheran Church Rev. Victoria Brown, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg Rev. Jennifer Garrison Brownell, Pastor, Hillsdale Community Church - UCC, Portland Rev. Dan Bryant, Senior Minister, First Christian Church, Eugene Ida Rae Cahana, Cantor, Congregation Beth Israel Barbara J. Campbel, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Portland Leonard Cain & Roberta Badger-Cain, Chair, Advocacy & Social Justice Committee, First Presbyterian Church, Portland Andrea Cano, United Church of Christ, Portland Sherry Carlson, Portland Steven W. Carlson, Pastor, Emmaus Lutheran Church, State Convener, OFRAH, Eugene Sarah Carolus, Central Lutheran Church, Portland The Rev. Susan C. Church, St. Stephen/St. Luke Episcopal Church, South Beach Matthew Coady, First Christian Church, Eugene Joan Codd, Principal, Our Lady of the Lake School, Tigard Todd Cooper, Archdiocese of Portland Darren Cook, St. Juan Diego Parish, Beaverton W Y Conwell, Portland Dorothy Coughlin, Director, Office for People With Disabilities, Archdiocese of Portland Ruth Coulthard, Ashand Sue Craig, Uniterian Universalist Congregation, Eugene Rev. Chuck Currie, Sunnyside Church and University Park Church, Portland Bonnie Custer, Portland Rev. Bill Davis, First Presbyterian Church, Coos Bay Rev. Catherine Davis, Pastor, Junction City and Monroe United Methodist Churches, Junction City Pamela Dillehay, Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene The Rev. Alison M. Dingley, Interim Rector, Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Pendleton Pastor Thomas Dodd, United Lutheran Church, Eugene Gretchen Doering, Salem Rev. Patrick Donoghue, Pastor, Saint Anthony Church, Portland Ruth Duemler, Eugene Bernice Duckrow, Troutdale Judy Earl, Newport Carole Eckerd, First Presbyterian, Roseburg Jerry Eckstein, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland Dr. Mark Edwards, Oregon State University, Corvallis John Elizalde, OFRAH State Convener, Portland Mary Jo Emmett, Elder, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Keizer Beth Ann Estock, United Methodist Church, Portland Rev. Mary Sue Evers, Pastor, Cedar Hills United Church of Christ Joella Ewing, Eugene Linda L. Fenner, Lake Oswego Cecilia Fessler, Administrative Assistant, Archdiocese of Portland Sherry Fishman, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Jo-Anne Flanders, First Christian Church, Eugene Rev. Michael Foster, Phoenix Shawn Foster, Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Chuch, Phoenix Rick Freed, SUN Community Schools, Hunger Relief Coordinator Forster W Freeman, Lake Oswego Shane C. Fritz, Council President, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Boardman Sister Jeremy Gallet, Director of Worship, Archdiocese of Portland Camerina Galvan, Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Ascension Catholic Church, Portland Amy Gardner, Portland Jim Goff, Forest Grove Emily Georges Gottfried, Executive Director, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, OFRAH State Convener Susanne Giordano, Eugene Marshall C. Goldberg, Portland Priscilla Goodman, St. Juan Diego Parish Terry Graunke, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Central Point Rev. Donnamae Grannemann, Hood River Valley Christian Church, The Dalles Jennifer Grosvenor, Portland Fr. Don Gutmann, St. Peter Catholic Church, Newberg Bill Hall, County Commissioner, Lincoln County, Newport Rev. April Hall Cutting, Sweet Home, Halsey, and Harrisburg United Methodist Churches, Corvallis Rev. Dr. Leslie D. Hasll, McKenzie Valley Presbyterian Church, Eugene Linda Hamel, West Linn Lutheran Church, West Linn Bob Hannigan, Corvallis Rev. Lawrence Hansen, Chaplain & Volunteer Coordinator, Legacy Hopewell House Hospice, Portland Annette M. Henderson, Klamath Falls Friends Church, Klamath Falls Donna Herzfeldt-Kamprath, West Linn Lutheran Church, West Linn Pastor Tim Herzfeldt-Kamprath, West Linn Lutheran Church, West Linn Ann Heuvel, Grace Memorial Episcopal, Portland David Hodgin, Risk Management/Environmental Coordinator, Archdiocese of Portland Jenny Holmes, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership, Portland Robert Horenstein, Community Relations Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Elizabeth Hosokawa, Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene Dan Hurwitz, Lake Oswego Kathleen and Dean Huston, Junction City United Methodist Church, Junction City Robina Ingram-Rich, Lake Oswego Ben R. Innes, OFM, Pastor, Ascension Catholic Church Elizabeth Jacob, First United Methodist Church, Portland Phyllis Jaszkowiak, Pastoral Administrator, St. Charles Church Julie Johnson, Principal, Holy Cross Catholic School, Portland Paula Johnson, Portland Rabbi Rachel L. Joseph, Congregation Beth Israel, Portland Mary Karter, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Portland Stephen Karakashian, Milwaukie Howard Kenyon, Program Manager, Northeast Emergency Food Program, Portland John M. Kingey, St. Juan Diego Parish, Beaverton Lois J Kleen, Portland Ruth Knott, St. Luke's Episcopal, Gresham Debbie Kohler, Vestry Member, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Gresham Scott Kolbet, Deacon, St. John Fisher Church, Beaverton Rabbi Debra Kolodny, P'nai Or of Portland Rev. Steven Koski, Lead Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Bend Linda Kruse, Milwaukie Patrick J. Kurkoski, Chair, Administrative Council, St. Juan Diego Catholic Church, Portland, OR Melody Lang, Portland William Lang, Portland Pastor Travis Larsen, Boring Muriel Lawrence, First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis Kathleen Laws, Portland Mary Lou Laybourn, Portland David Leslie, Executive Director, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Joan M. Levine, P'nai Or of Portland Rev. Matthew Libra, Archdiocese of Portland, Lebanon Jim Liefeld, Gresham Mary Loos, Portland Margaret MacGregor, Portland Rev. Dr. John Mahon, Co-Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of the Cascades, Eugene Don Manghelli, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Tigard Karen C. Manternach,Newport Dr. Audrey Maslin, Unitarian Universalist Church, Eugene Elizabeth Matzke, RN, Portland Nancy McAuliffe, Lake Oswego Janice McClellan, Elder, Klamaath Falls Friends Church, Klamath Falls Bishop Calvin D. McConnell (Retired), Council of Bishops, United Methodist Church, Portland Velma Duell McConnell, Lake Oswego United Methodist Women, Lake Oswego Noreen McQuaid, St. Juan Diego Parish, Beaverton Marilyn McWilliams, St. Pius X Church, Portland Donna Metcalf, Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Portland Rev. Michelle Manicke, Pastor, Central Lutheran Church, Portland Rev. Joseph S. McMahon, Retired Priest, Archdiocese of Portland Sherry Mendoza, C.U.R.R.E.N.T.S. of Justice for Peace, La Grande Elizabeth Millager, CRE, St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose Nancy Miller, Ruling Elder, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Portland Rev. Ross Miller, United Methodist Church (retired), Portland Michelle Bombet Minch, West Linn Kara Minnehan, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland Terry Mitchell, Central Point Fr. William Moisant, Pastor, Resurrection Catholic Parish Mary Montesano, Corvallis Patricia Montone, Portland Michael Moreno, First Christian Church, Eugene Jo-Ann Moss, West Linn John L. Moss, President, Oregon Area Jewish Committee John V. Murphy, S.J., Retired Catholic Priest, Society of Jesus, Portland Donna P Nagy, Friends Church, Eugene David A. Nardone, Hillsboro Rev. Bobbi Neason, First Presbyterian Church, Bandon Rev. Elizabeth Neel, Co-Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portland Jan Nelson, Salem Rev. Ronald Nelson, St. Mary Catholic Church, Eugene Matt Newell-Ching, Lead State Convener (OFRAH), Deputy Director of Organizing, Bread for the World Sr. Theresa Lan Nguyen, The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Beaverton Mary Rose Nichols, Elgin Ruth Nisly, Portland Mennonite Church, Portland Eileen Norris, Beaverton Karen Oberst, Klamaath Falls Friends Church, Klamath Falls Peter O'Boyle, Sacred Heart Parish, Waldport Rev. Melanie A. Oommen, Associate Minister, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Eugene Mary Otten, Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene Lane Oxley, Elder, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Keizer Kitsie Parkinson, Oregon City United Methodist Church, Oregon City Carol L. Palmer, Bend Linda Payne, RN, Parish Nurse, First Christian Church, Portland Sister Lucinda Peightal, Sisters of the Holy Names, Portland Rebecca W Peil, Portland Anne Peltier, Albany Martha Perez, Portland Carol Petersen, Portland Audra Petrie, St. Juan Diego Catholic Parish, Beaverton Rev. Mr. Paul Pham, Deacon, St. Stephen Parish, Portland Phuong Pham, Hillsboro Lucinda Pitcairn, Eugene Rev. Deborah Pitney, First United Methodist Church, Eugene Rev. John Pitney, Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Eugene Anna Plaster, Executive Director, St. Vincent de Paul, Portland Council Peggy Platt, Salem Leslie Pohl-Kosbau, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns Chris Poole-Jones, Portland Geraldine Powers, Professor Emeritus Barb Prentice, Unitarian Universalist Church of Eugene Robert and Janet Raes, H.O.P.E., West Linn Fraser Rasmussen, Co-chair, Social Justice Ministry, Central Lutheran Church, Portland Carol Reitz, Augustana Lutheran Church, Portland Rev. Ann Richards, Presbyterian (retired), Portland Brenda Richards, Portland Eric Richards, Pastor, Community of Christ, Salem Cheryl Richardson, Trinity Episcopal, Portland Dave Richardson, Trinity Episcopal, Portland Sr. Linda Roby, Director, Catholic Deaf Ministry, Archdiocese of Portland Priscilla Rodriguez, Archdiocese of Portland Rev. Eugene Ross, United Church of Christ (Retired), Portland Jan Rutherford, Klamath Falls Fr. David Schiferl, Priest, St. Alexander Church, Cornelius Jessamyn Schnackenberg, Klamath Falls Alicia Schubert, Beaverton Jeanne St. John, Ph.D, Co-Chair, Interfaith Community for Peace & Justice, Newport John St. Laurent, Bread for the World Oregon Team, Beaverton The Rev. Stephen V. Schneider, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, Portland Lola Scobey, St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Portland Leslie Seese, Springfield Laura Sewell, Peace Church of the Brethren, Portland Rev. Dr. Donald R. Shaw, Social Justice Advocate/Hunger Action Enabler, Presbytery of the Cascades, Redmond Stuart R. Shaw, United Methodist Church, Salem Eileen Sheelar, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Keizer Pam Sheridan, Eugene Rev. William Shimkus, Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Portland Joni Siewell, Albany Terry Sly, Seal Rock Jerry Smith, MSW, First Christian Church, Eugene Joseph Snyder, Portland Martha Snyder, Eugene John A. Soisson, University of Portland Maureen Somers, Klamath Falls Anna Sontag, Ph.D, Executive Director, Full Life Programs, Eugene Helen Spector, Board Member, Oregon Area Jewish Committee, Portland Pastor Rod Stafford, Pastor, Portland Mennonite Church, Portland Rev. Marcia Stanard, Wy'east Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Portland, OR Denise Steffenhagen, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Prineville Bishop Kenneth Steiner, Archdiocese of Portland Joe Stroud, Portland Sarah Svendsen, Bend William Tamplen, Klamath Falls Friends Church, Klamath Falls Leo Tautfest, Portland Mackendree Thompson, Portland Mary Jo Tully, Chancellor, Archdiocese of Portland Genevieve M. Vandecoevering, Teacher, Sister Of St. Mary, Forest Grove Rev. Laurie M. Vischer, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny, Archdiocese of Portland Paula J. Voborsky, OFS, Pastoral Associate, St. Peter Catholic Church, Eugene Rev. Michael Vuky, Archdiocese of Portland Joan Wall, Portland Rev. Patrick Walsh, Priest, Eagle Creek Dottie Waltz, Forest Grove Loren Waltz, Forest Grove Janet Warner, The Episcopal Church, Prineville Alison Warren, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Interfaith Food & Farms Partnership, Portland Fr. Brent Was, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Eugene Mary Watson, Portland Richard Watson, Portland Phyllis Weare, First Christian Church, Eugene Pastor John Wecker (retired), Astoria Donna K Weinhold, St. Alice Church, Springfield Linda Wenning, Portland Mennonite Church, Portland Sharon Wheeler-Birchfield, Portland Janet Whitney, Co-Coordinator, Bend First Presbyterian Peace and Justice Team, Bend Patti Whitney-Wise, Oregon Hunger Task Force, Portland Carole Wienecke, Office Supervisor, Archdiocese of Portland Marie Wiles, Eugene Nadine Wiles, Music Director, Junction City United Methodist Church Amy Williams, Seal Rock Sherry Williamson, President, St. Timothy Lutheran, Portland Yehudah Winter, RN, P'nai Or of Portland Rabbi Joseph Wolf, Havurah Shalom, Portland Ruth Worley-Rizk, Portland Patricia Wright, Cottage Grove Heather Wycoff, Coordinator of Ministry Formation, Archdiocese of Portland Deborah Collins Yahne, Klamath Falls Friends Church James Yahne, Klamath Falls Georgia York, Newport *organizations listed for identification purposes only.
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