Faith Leaders to Call for a "Moral" Budget

HARTFORD — Clergy from Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Unitarian Universalist congregations have been meeting to develop a set of moral, just, and fair solutions to the lagging economy. They are concerned Connecticut will become an increasingly economically segregated state, unable to meet the basic needs of its residents unless political leaders confront a range of issues with long-term strategic thinking and action.

During an interfaith gathering today, clergy will share a set of guiding principles to refute claims of illusory short-term benefits from deep cuts to Connecticut’s social safety net. The event follows votes expected in both chambers of the General Assembly on a deficit mitigation package that seeks to balance the budget on the backs of working families and the state’s most vulnerable.

“I believe as a faith leader that I have a mandate from heaven to speak a prophetic word in the public square, standing up for the marginalized, disenfranchised ‘least of these’ of our society,” said Bishop John Selders of the Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford. “As I see it, while acknowledging that these are troubled fiscal times, dollars are shrinking and the effects of the economy are being felt at every level both private and public; there must be a way of dealing fairly and honestly with our realities.”
Joining Selders for the event will be Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim, Rabbi Donna Berman, Rev. Stephen Camp, Rev. Dana Campbell, Rev. Joel Cruz, Jr., Right Rev. James Curry, Rev. Darrick Jackson, Rev. Jose Martinez, Rev. Day McCallister, Rev. Dave Nelson, and Rev. Joshua Pawelek.

The event will be at 7 p.m. at Faith Congregational Church, UCC, 2030 Main St. in Hartford.

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