148 Colorado Faith Leaders call on Sen. Cory Gardner to end the government shutdown and decouple the budget approval process from the immigration policy debate

Senator Cory Gardner
354 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
16 January 2019

Dear Senator Gardner:

As faith leaders with Together Colorado, we are committed to working with our congregations and with you as one of the most powerful political leaders in our state to make sure that Colorado is a place where respect for human dignity is at the center of our public policy.

We see our nation sliding into a dangerous and disorienting period which threatens the fabric of community and the conviction that we are all sisters and brothers to one another. In disorienting times such as these, we return to the faith values which root all of our traditions: love, human dignity, compassion and justice.

We are deeply aggrieved by the current breakdown of our democratic system manifest in the government shutdown. Tying the shutdown directly to President Trump’s anti-immigrant border security agenda and the building of a wall or barrier on our southern border with Mexico is not leadership; holding government workers hostage, and targeting the immigrant community, are not acceptable collateral damage in this political & ideological fight.

We applaud your comments last week in support of a continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government, without funding for the border wall. We call on you to use your power as a Republican in the US Senate to:

  1. Speak with your Republican peers, including Senate leadership, about the importance of moving past the current stalemate by passing the bill that has already cleared the House.
  2. Vote for funding to end the shutdown & reopen the government, and decouple the Immigration policy debate from the approval of the 2019 Budget.

Your leadership on this issue is needed now. We will be holding you in prayer, in our various faith traditions, as we move through the days ahead.

Signed by 148 Faith Leaders from throughout Colorado.

Imam Husayn Abdullah-Aziz
Ahi al-Bayt Assembly of America
Castle Pines

Rev. Jessica Abell
Green Faith
Denver

Sarah Adam
Evangelical Church in America
Denver

Fr. Stephen Adams
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
Loveland

Janet Altmann
Native American Spirituality
Pueblo

Rev. Kaila Armbruster
Evangelical Church in America
Grand Junction

Rev. Eric Banner
Jefferson Unitarian Church
Golden

Dr. Joe Barrera
Black/Latino Coalition
Denver

Rabbi Eliot Baskin
Temple Emanuel
Denver

Ross Bensman
Temple Emanuel
Aurora

Madelyn Birgers
First Unitarian Society
Pueblo

Rev. Bonita Bock
Evangelical Church in America
Denver

Susan Bolduc
Evangelical Church in America
Colorado Springs

Rev. Cristina Bordes
Interfaith
Boulder

Rabbi Deborah Bronstein
Congregation Har HaShem,
Reform Synagogue
Boulder

Rev. Lewis Brown, Sr.
New Beginnings Cathedral of Worship
Aurora

DeAnne Butterfield
Boulder Meeting of Friends
Boulder

Rev. Bill Calhoun
Presbyterian minister
Denver

Robert Calhoun
Plymouth Congregational Church
Fort Collins

Rev. Paul Carlson
Evangelical Church in America
Denver

Rev. Dr. Neema Caughran
Center for Inner Peace
Pueblo

Rev. Cole Chandler
Mountain States Mennonite Conference
Denver

Rev. James Chapman
UCC
Colorado Springs

Fr. Bert Chilson
Catholic
Glenwood Springs

Sr. Nancy Crafton, SC
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, OH
Pueblo

Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson
First Congregational Church of
Loveland

Elder Norman Davey
The Way Church,
Christian Evangelical Church
Aurora

Rev. Dr. Robert Davis
Park Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
Denver

Rev. Tawana Davis
African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Denver

Mary Derbort
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
Cotopaxi

Rev. Jerry Jyoti DeVernie
Center for Spiritual Living
Boulder Valley
Broomfield

Rev. Kelly Dignan
Unitarian Universalist Church of
Boulder

The Reverend Mary Ann Dimand
The United Methodist Church
Arvada

Rev. Jeffrey Dodson
United Church of Christ
Grand Junction

Minister Marrton Dormish
Broomfield

Dr. Michael Earnest
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Denver

Pastor Emily Easton
United Methodist clergy, retired
Pueblo

David Edwards
Congregation Ohr Shalom
Grand Junction

Rev. Tom English
United Methodist
Denver

Co-pastor Kathy Escobar
The Refuge
Broomfield

Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry
Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Lafayette

Rabbi Brian Field
Judaism Your Way
Denver

Rabbi Dr. Tirzah Firestone
Congregation Nevei Kodesh
Boulder

Rev. Robert Gallagher
Catholic priest
Colorado Springs

Rev. Debra Gerkin
Fireside Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Aurora

Rabbi Bernard Gerson
Congregation Rodef Shalom, retired
Denver

Rev. Steven W Goering
Mennonite
Fort Collins

Pastor Aaron Gray
United Methodist Church
Grand Junction

Rabbi Fred Greene
Congregation Har HaShem
Boulder

Rev. Annie Grogan
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Montrose

Rev. Jann Halloran
Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church
Centennial

Dr. Christie Hanzlik, CS
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Boulder

Rev. Amanda Henderson
Christian Church, Disciples of Christ
Littleton

Rev. Angela Henderson
Hospital Chaplain
Westminster

Rev. Dr. Daniel Holt
Evangelical Church in America
Colorado Springs

Pastor Ann Hultquist
Augustana Lutheran Church
Denver

Rev. Patrick Hurley
First Presbyterian Church
Pueblo

Judith Huston
Boulder Friends Meeting (Quaker)
Boulder

Rev. Jason Janz
Providence Bible Church
Denver

Co-Director Mary Frances Jaster
Colorado Vincentian Volunteers
Denver

Rev. Jane Jebsen
Faith Lutheran Church
Golden

Rev. Charles Johnson-Kelly
Corinthian Bridge/
First Presbyterian Church
Pueblo

Rev. Nature Johnston
Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Grand Junction

Rev. Wendy Jones
Unitarian Universalist
Grand Junction

Rabbi Hillel Katzir
Jewish Action Network of Northern Colorado
Fort Collins

Rev. Marla Kauerz
United Methodist
Centennial

Dr. Ben Keller
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Pueblo

Rev. Dr. Cathie Kelsey
Iliff School of Theology
Denver

Sister Susan Kenney
Loretto Community
Lakewood

Rev. Janet Kettering
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Boulder

Rev. Phil Kettering
King of Kings Lutheran
Pueblo

Pastor Robert Kippley
Evangelical Church in America
Canon City

Rev. Bill Kirton
Methodist
Denver

Brother Daniel Klawitter, OSL
Episcopal
Lakewood

Rev. Chad Kohlmeyer
Atonement Lutheran Church, ELCA
Boulder

Rev. Ben Konecny
First Congregational Church
Greeley

Rev. Paul Kottke
United Methodist
Greenwood Village

Christopher Lamb
Unitarian Universalist Church of
Boulder

Rev. Bradley Lauvrick
Highlands United Methodist Church
Denver

Rev. Wayne Laws
Mountain View United Church
Aurora

Rev. Marnie Leinberger
Milagro Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Pueblo

Rev. Martin Lettow
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
Denver

Pastor Karen Lewis-Young
Presbyterian
Denver

Rev. Laurel Liefert
Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Loveland

Rev. Inga Oyan Longbrake
Messiah Community Church, ELCA
Denver

Deacon Judy Lounsberry
Holy Trinity, ELCA
Centennial

Trustee Frank Lytle
Christ Temple Church
Colorado Springs

Rita Marquez
Disciples of Christ
Pueblo

Sr. Patricia McCormick
Catholic
Denver

Rev. Julia McKay
Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church
Littleton

Rev. Mark Meeks
Capitol Heights Presbyterian Church
Bailey

Rev. Sally Megeath
Episcopalian
Denver

Rabbi Anat Moskowitz
Congregation B’Nai Torah
Westminster

Rev. Anne Mundt
United Methodist
Denver

Pastor Doug Nelson
The Refuge
Arvada

Pastor Dr. Eric Nelson
Heritage Christian Center
Aurora

Rev. Thomas Nelson, CM
Vincentians
Denver

Rev. Bich Thy Nguyen
United Methodist
Denver

Bishop Karen Oliveto
The Mountain Sky Conference of
The United Methodist Church
Greenwood Village

Rev. Kevin Olsen
United Church of Christ
Pueblo

Pastor Juan Pena
Providence Bible Church
Denver

Brother Scott-Michael Powerenk, BSG
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Denver

Dr. Sandra Powell
Soul Care Full Gospel Center
Commerce City

Rev. Dr. Terry Purvis-Smith
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Denver

Jill Ramos
King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pueblo

Rev. Jane Reina
Hospice
Fort Collins

Rev. Elizabeth Reinking
Epiphany Lutheran Church ELCA
Denver

Rev. Dr. Vernon K. Rempel
Beloved Community
Littleton

Lisa Reynolds
Loretto Community
Denver

Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones
Rose of Sharon Tabernacle
Lakewood

Rev. Amelia Richardson Dress
United Church of Christ
Boulder
Rev. Ruth R. Rinehart
JUUST Living
Golden

Barbara Ripperger
King of Kings Lutheran Church
Pueblo

Rev. Jane Ritterson
Presbyterian Church USA
Denver

Rev. Patty Rumpza
Center for Spiritual Living
Grand Junction

Andrew Saunders
Ascension Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs

Sharla Saunders
Ascension Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs

The Rev. R. Justice Schunior
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Denver

Rev. Anna Scott
Center for Spiritual Living
Grand Junction

Mary Sealing
First Congregational UCC
Fruita

Rev. Simon Shadowlight
Mile Hi Church
Lakewood

Rev. Dr. Douglas Sharp
First Congregational UCC
Colorado Springs

Rev. Jeannie Shero
Unitarian Universalist
Denver
Rev. Pedro Silva
United Church of Christ
Boulder

Rev. Elizabeth Sollie
Unitarian Universalist
Northglenn

Rabbi Marc Soloway
Congregation Bonai Shalom, Conservative Jewish
Boulder

Rev. Sandra Spahr
United Methodist
Pueblo

Rev. Elena Stahlberg
Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church
Dillon

Rev. Paula Stecker
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Colorado Springs

The Rev. Laura Stephenson
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
Grand Junction

Rev. Val Stepien
Eyes of Compassion Sangha
Denver

Marilyn Stranske
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
Denver

The Rev. Dr. Laura Sugg
Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church
Wheat Ridge

Rev. Nadine Swahnberg
Jefferson Unitarian Church
Lakewood

Sandy Taylor
Christ Congregational UCC
Beulah

Pastor Caitlin Trussell
Augustana Lutheran Church
Lakewood

Rev. Jeni Umble
Mennonite
Broomfield

Father Joseph Vigil
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Pueblo

Michelle Warren
Christian Community Development Association
Denver

Rev. Gary Weaver
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Pueblo

Rev. Dr. Dana Wilbanks
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Denver

Mary Williams
United Church of Christ
Denver

Rev. Wendy Williams
Jefferson Unitarian Church
Golden

Rev. Karen Winkel
Community Spirit UCC
Montrose

Pastor Sara Wirth
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, ELCA
Boulder

Pastor Kirk Yamaguchi
Canon View Vineyard Church
Grand Junction

Donna Young
Canon Sanga
Canon City

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