April 3, 2016

Real Christian ministers take to the road for a "moral revolution"

Sojourners - The leader of the “Moral Mondays” movement and a prominent New York minister are joining forces for a 15-state “moral revolution” tour to counter the nation’s conservative voices.

“Way too much of our national discourse has been poisoned by hateful language and policies,” said the Rev. William J. Barber II, who brought thousands to weekly protests at the North Carolina General Assembly, in an announcement.

“True faith and true evangelicalism place love, justice, and compassion at the center of our public life.”

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of New York’s Riverside Church, will join Barber for the tour beginning April 3 in New York and continuing through 14 more states.

Barber and Forbes hope to galvanize clergy and others to gather at state capitols on three consecutive Mondays in September, as well as after the Republican and Democratic national conventions, The Associated Press reported.

The ministers will be joined by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, a United Church of Christ executive who worked with “Black Lives Matter” protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after the 2014 police shooting death of Michael Brown, and Sister Simone Campbell, who started the “Nuns on the Bus” tours of the country in 2012 to protest budget cuts that affected the poor.

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