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Interfaith Organization Releases ‘Faithful’ State Of The Union Address

In January, the National Council of Churches of Christ, through their Faithful America project, released a provocative look at the “State of the Union” from an faith / interfaith perspective.

By the National Council of Churches

(NCC News) Washington, January 27, 2006 — FaithfulAmerica.org, a Washington D.C. interfaith advocacy organization, today released its "Faithful State Of The Union Address" in anticipation of President Bush's address to be delivered next week. The address offers an assessment of the nation's priorities through the lens of faith, conscience, and moral values.

"We want to get past the political posturing, party rhetoric, and examine the state of our union in light of our most enduring religious traditions," said Vince Isner, the program's director. "It's going to inspire some people and anger others — we're not mincing words here — but our hope is that people of faith and conscience will begin talking seriously about their role in shaping a more perfect union."

Using a passage from the Hebrew prophet Micah, the address reflects on how the United States is "doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly," and offers views on the federal budget, torture, the war in Iraq, and the courts.

The address was released in both print and podcast. Both may be found at http://www.faithfulamerica.org.

FaithfulAmerica.org is an interfaith program of the National Council of Churches of Christ, USA. The Faithful State of the Union Address is not an official statement of the Council.

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