As people of faith, we know that our country’s legacy of racism, violence, and economic exploitation runs counter to what is prescribed in our most sacred texts. Sadly, the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world is also one of the most violent and punitive. With the highest incarceration rate in the world and one of the highest gun murder rates of any economically developed nation, we find ourselves in a moral crisis—a crisis which disproportionately impacts the poor and communities of color.
With over 118 million people attending weekly services in over 350,000 congregations across the United States, we believe that a social justice revival within our faith institutions would transform our nation’s hearts and minds, and ultimately, the policies and practices that perpetuate these evils. With hundreds of congregations as well as countless leaders and movement partners throughout the country, we are working to end the scourges of gun violence, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of Black and Brown bodies that tears at the soul of our society.