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Endorsements from religious leaders are extended in their personal capacity, and not on behalf of any house of worship, organization or denomination.

J Alfred SmithRev. Helen Seenster

Senior Pastor, Koinonia Ministries Full Gospel Baptist Church, Waterloo, IA
I’m concerned that small businesses aren’t getting the assistance they need. There are too many working poor with no health coverage, and single parents who are not properly covered. I support Senator Obama because I believe he is connected to the grassroots and sensitive to the needs of all people. He’s a man of faith, he’s qualified for the job, he’s earned the respect, and he has the best credentials.

Matt and Kate RTim & Kate R.

Roman Catholic, Phoenix, AZ
We were recently married and joined the campaign together – the first campaign for either of us. We’re considering doing the Walk for Change for our one year anniversary. Our faith calls us to serve others. We’ve received education and encouragement in our faith community but believe that the desires to love, serve and do justice are universal. Senator Obama wants to bring people together in a unique way. What we need to do is work together to address the root causes of problems. We believe Senator Obama stands for this, and we stand with him. Groups:
American Catholics for Barack Obama

Danielle S.

Orthodox Judaism, College Park, MD
I am a PhD student in educational policy and married with a 4 year old son. I was raised Catholic but converted to Judaism at 17. My faith requires me to be a good neighbor and this translates into my politics. I believe Senator Obama recognizes this principle. At the end of the day, many people of faith want the same thing; we just have different ways of getting there. I think Senator Obama has the most inclusive and least divisive policies. He is so genuine and I feel he represents the best interests of being a good neighbor here and abroad.

Dr. J Alfred SmithDr. J. Alfred Smith

Senior Pastor, Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA
Peace is a primary issue with me. Jesus said “blessed are the peacemakers” and history has proven that war does not solve our problems. Healthcare is another serious problem as is our inability to correct a failing prison system without any effort at rehabilitation. People of faith should focus on the difficult issues we face in the present as well as those in the “sweet by and by.” I support Barack because he has impeccable credentials irrespective of race, color or class. His character is untarnished and he has unparalleled charisma. He best epitomizes the vision of what America was meant to be.

Nina W.

Christian, Tucson, AZ
I'm 45, have been married almost 22 years with two teenage boys. Even though I am ardently pro-life, I love that Barack is a person of genuine faith who doesn't use his faith as a weapon, but a natural part of who he is. He is finally showing the Democratic party that it's OK to be a Christian and speak about it in no uncertain terms. I also greatly appreciate that Senator Obama has expressed that he doesn't have all the answers; that he still has questions about his faith; that faith doesn't mean there isn't some doubt along the way. Groups:
Believers for Barack, Charismatic Christians for Barack Obama, Christians for Obama '08, Evangelicals for Obama, Pro-life for Obama, Progressive Pastors for Obama

Rev. Katharine Mulhern Edwards

Congregational United Church of Christ, Davenport, IA
I’m concerned with the war, healthcare, education, the environment, separation of church and state, violence in our culture and how badly we listen to each other and how quickly we blame and posture. I think our faith addresses all of those issues and our role is the role that every person has: to follow their conscience and to speak the truth as they know it…I admire Barack Obama’s integrity and his ability to be thoughtful about issues. It’s very commendable and we need more of it.

Keith EllisonU.S. Congressman Keith Ellison

Muslim, Minnesota
I am a proud Muslim American whose faith informs my actions. I believe in the spirit - and practice - of generosity and inclusiveness. I believe in an America where scarcity is a myth and poverty is not necessary. America need not have thirty seven million Americans living below the poverty line. It is a choice. Hunger is a choice. Exclusion of the stranger, the immigrant, or the darker other is a choice.

Like Senator Obama, I believe that the problems of poverty and healthcare, racism and education, childcare and human rights are not simply technical problems to be addressed by an amendment here or a resolution there. They are rooted in societal indifference and individual callousness - the politics of scarcity. Solving our problems will indeed require changes in government policy; but it will also require changes in hearts, minds and spirits. Our faith informs our hearts, minds and spirits.

Senator Obama epitomizes the politics of inclusion and generosity. I enthusiastically embrace his candidacy because it is the best and brightest hope for what America could be today. The Senator said it well in his bestselling book: 'The Audacity of Hope,' "I think about America and those who built it. This nation's founders, who somehow rose above petty ambitious and narrow calculations to imagine a nation unfurling across a continent. And those like Lincoln and King, who ultimately laid down their lives in the service of perfecting an imperfect union. And all the faceless, nameless men and women, slaves and soldiers and tailors and butchers, constructing lives for themselves and their children and grandchildren, brick by brick, rail by rail, calloused hand by calloused hand, to fill in the landscape of their collective dreams. It is that process I wish to be a part of." I wholeheartedly agree!

Ivan MIvan M.

Catholic, Santa Ana, CA
I am a teacher of 7th grade world history. I have been married for the last 4 years, and I am the proud father of a two year old boy named Isaiah. My step daughter is a straight 'A' high school student. I typically find that people of faith more actively participate in their community. Senator Obama’s clear-cut honesty is refreshing. His willingness to bridge the gap that divides this country, to work with Republicans is exactly what we need. "Actions speak louder than words" and Barack Obama allows his actions to speak for him. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Congressman WexlerU.S. Congressman Robert Wexler

Orthodox Judaism, Florida
Many public officials express support for Israel in legislation before Congress. Many attend events and make statements about ensuring a close and strong partnership between the United States and Israel. What has always struck me about Senator Obama - and this is one of the reasons that I have endorsed his candidacy for the United States Presidency - is that a love for Israel and a desire to keep the Jewish people secure is evident not just in his work, but also in his heart.

Katharine E.

Evangelical Christian, Princeton, NJ
I grew up Presbyterian and currently attend a non-denominational bible church. I’ve tried to bridge the divide between liberal and conservative Christianity. Obama’s proposal for health care is most important to me. I’m pro-life and believe the real way to reduce abortions is to support policies with pro-life outcomes. I’m also pro-life on Iraq and support a peaceful and sensible outcome to the war.

Rev. Steven Thurston

President, National Baptist Convention of America
The major issues I see are affordable healthcare for everyone; a national jobs program with a focus on African American men; ending the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home. The faith community is supposed to be involved. I support Barack because he is the most qualified candidate and has experience with the African American community while also relating to the community at large.

Rev. Shara Adderley

Coppin Chapel A.M.E., Ft. Dodge, IA
Healthcare is a large concern. It appears to be feast or famine and it means that healthcare is not accessible to my church members. I work as a social worker and one of the things I observe is that we’re taking good care of our children but if a parent goes to work they cannot maintain their own healthcare. I support Senator Obama because he is a person of faith even before he’s a senator or a community leader or a presidential candidate. It makes a difference where you put your faith first. I’ve seen people talk about their faith in the background but with Obama I see it in the forefront, in his actions.

Prianka SharmaPrianka S.

Hindu, Chicago, IL
As someone who has been learning and practicing Hinduism since childhood, I feel that Senator Obama, though he’s a Christian and does not personally identify with this faith, is a leader who embodies the basic ideals and values of most Hindus. What impresses me most is that faith to him is for inner strength and empowers him to unite human beings.

Tamara StevensTamara S.

Catholic, Roswell, GA
I am Catholic but I’m disturbed by the hijacking of the Republican party by far-right Christians. I have no interest in living in a theocracy and strongly support the separation of church and state. I’ve been extremely impressed by Senator Obama’s message of hope and his vision of returning America to greatness.

Marti L.

Evangelical Christian, Mooresville, IN
I was raised on a farm just south of Indianapolis in a conservative part of the Bible Belt. I have 3 sisters and a brother. I was married in 1975 and have 3 children. Having been a youth pastor for 28 years, I have seen many changes in our culture and in the needs of young people. I made a decision at age 10 that I wanted to be a Christian. My desire was always to help children and teens find their faith and freedom in Jesus. I support Senator Obama because he speaks with wisdom and honesty. I haven't seen him play the political games. He understands justice. He is passionate. As I am listening and learning more about Senator Obama, I believe that he has integrity and a moral compass. I need a leader I can respect.

Leanne TigertLeanne Tigert

United Church of Christ, Concord, NH
I’ve been an ordained UCC minister since 1984 but have always felt compelled to work for justice and caring for people on an individual level. My partner and I have been together for 20 years and have raised two children. I’ve been working on a multi-faith level for years to ensure justice for the LGBT community in the church and in society. I think Obama embodies the mandates of progressive Christianity and welcomes all faith traditions to the table of faith, hope and justice. He inspires a wonderful hope in a time of cynicism about religion and politics.

Rev. Bertha PerkinsRev. Bertha Perkins

New Fellowship Baptist Church, Nashua, NH
I’m a pastor, mother, and grandmother. My church is located in the most diverse neighborhood in the state. It’s important to project hope and change in my community. I believe it’s also important for the church to be the leader in social justice. I support Obama because he represents true faith. We need a leader who will inspire hope and change. Barack Obama is that leader.

Bishop McCloud JrBishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr.

African Methodist Episcopal, Ecumenical Affairs Officer, A.M.E. Church, Atlanta, GA
We need to find a way to end this war in Iraq; making healthcare a national policy right for every citizen; healthcare for children; and I’m very interested in abolishing the death penalty and providing more educational and vocational training for all. People of faith need to be public advocates for these issues to touch the hearts, minds and souls of political people in all parts of society. I support Barack because he is a fresh voice of change in society; people are excited about his charisma and it’s the best message in our community since Dr. Martin Luther King. He brings a genuineness of his spirit and an excitement to this campaign.

Sam O.Sam O.

Judaism, Nelson, NH
I grew up in New York City and am now a psychologist. I believe the Jewish tradition is synonymous with social justice and civil rights. Our value of “Tikkun Alum” means to heal the world. I think Obama is different from all of the other candidates in his embodiment of multiculturalism and his understanding [of] healing and renewal because he has lived it.

Rev. Dr. T. DeWitt SmithRev. Dr. T. DeWitt Smith, Jr.

President, Progressive National Baptist Convention
Important issues to me include the rebuilding of New Orleans; the prison-industrial complex; preserving the middle class; universal health care. As people of faith, we must follow the prophet Micah’s directive to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. I support Barack because he has an inter-generational appeal and I trust he will be true to his word. He is quite open about his strong ethics and values and the moral relationships we have with each other. He’s a man I can support.

Debbie L.

Conservative Judaism, San Jose, CA
Growing up Jewish in Indianapolis was difficult, at best. Being Jewish, female, and a Democrat was tough in Indiana. But my parents raised me to be strong-minded and independent. I took the ignorance and intolerance and turned it around to an Undergrad Degree in Comparative Religious Studies. People of faith should definitely be involved -- 95% of people believe in God, in one form or another. I support Obama because I never thought there would be a candidate for president that I agree with on EVERY issue! Obama and I are in-line religiously and in every other way. Groups:
Members of Trinity United Church of Christ for Obama

DeeDee B.

Mennonite, MS
I'm a 27-year-old digital archivist at Mississippi State University. As a Mennonite, I think that Barack Obama is the one candidate who not only reflects a genuine faith, but understands the proper role of his faith in politics -- as a guide and motivator, but not a foundation for policy. I believe he is the only candidate who honestly seeks to unite the country. Groups:
Believers for BarackChristians for Obama '08, Faith With Obama, Mennonites For Obama, Progressive Christians for Obama

Rev. John HunterRev. John J. Hunter

Senior Minister, First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles, CA
Education is a critical issue, it has been the bridge to train individuals to become productive members of society. The condition of our public school system concerns me. Also, the country’s priorities in spending hundreds of billions on the war—so many things could be better served with those resources. The faith community should address the entire person just as Jesus addressed the temporal needs and all of the issues that confront human beings; we need to have a social consciousness. I support Barack and his new approach; he’s very articulate and doesn’t try to wax over issues. He has an accurate, precise analysis of the issues. He was against the war from the beginning and understands that America has lost its focus. I am very impressed with his directness.

Linda S.

Catholic, Rohnert Park, CA
I'm an educator in an urban school district. Mr. Obama promises change and hope. I believe Barack Obama will listen to all sides of the issues and respond in a decisive manner that will restore democracy in America and build our position in the world community in a positive fashion. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Rev. Willie BarrowRev. Willie Barrow

Co-Chairperson, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition
I support Barack because exemplifies a real man. He is a Christian, husband and father. I remember he would consistently attend our Saturday morning broadcasts with his two little girls long before I ever met his wife Michelle. Universal healthcare, employment and education are the primary issues for me. Our children are not going to school and not graduating. The state is closing schools and opening jails. I think that people of faith have to broaden their ministries outside the walls of the church. Anyone can sing in the choir or serve on the deacon board but how many know the level of unemployment in their community or the number of people losing their homes?

Rev. Jane Fisler-Hoffman

United Church of Christ Illinois Conference Minister
I think health care and education for all children are important. Peace is another significant issue in terms of the war in Iraq. The faith community should be vocal and visionary. I support Senator Obama because he is a bright hope, because he listens to the people, and because he is not dogmatic. He is a person of faith in a way that is fitting with my understanding of faith. He’s articulate and very positive and avoids negativism.

Janelle D.Janelle D.

Roman Catholic, Ohama, NE
I am a single mother of 13-month old twin boys. I’m currently enrolled at the College of Saint Mary in Omaha, NE working on a Master in Organizational Leadership degree. People of faith should be involved in all aspects of American life. This is their country, and they have the same responsibility to care for the land and the people as everybody else, religious or not, or in varying degrees of religious commitment. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Dexter P.

Southern Baptist, Decatur, GA
I am a Single black male who is both conservative and strongly pro-life. However, Barack Obama won my support during the last Democratic convention when he did something that 80% of members of my party seem unwilling to do: speak on how God impacts their life and how God has blessed America. that it is America’s responsibility to be a good steward of the political, economic and military power that God has blessed our nation with. Groups:
Christians for Obama '08, Disciples of Christ for Barack Obama!, Clergy for Obama, Blue Dogs for Obama, Black Conservatives for Obama, Muslims4Obama

Ranae L.Renae L.

Roman Catholic, Wrentham, MA
I am eighteen years old and am about to enter my second year at Fitchburg State College. I do not believe that my faith is the primary reason that I am supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 election, however, ever since the June 2006 speech about Religion and Politics and reading the "Faith" chapter of Obama's latest book, I have found another issue that I agree with Obama on. Obama said, "Democracy demands that the religiously motivated translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values." As a Roman-Catholic who is pro-gay marriage, I am always disheartened when I hear some one of my religion verbally attack homosexual individuals. I strongly believe that God wants all people to be protected and happy and that should be a motivating factor in politics. Groups:
American Catholics for Obama

Rev. Delman CoatesRev. Delman Coates

Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD
I’m very concerned about the need to reinvest in our public education system and jobs that pay a livable wage. We need national leadership that has an intelligent foreign policy and makes wise decisions when it comes to putting our young people in harms way. People of faith have to broaden how we define ‘morality’ and begin to consider education and healthcare as moral issues. Senator Obama has his finger on the pulse of broadening the religious and social discourse in a way I find refreshing. He’s a breath of fresh air for those of us looking for a new voice on these moral issues.

Eileen P.

Roman Catholic, Oley, Pennslyvania
I support Senator Obama for a number of reasons, but mostly because he says that we must "find the common ground". I was able to happily reconcile my support of Obama with my pro-life values after reading his 2nd book, Audacity of Hope. Unlike many of the Democratic leadership, he shows a profound respect for those of us with pro-life values, and he is able to once again "find the common ground", by looking for ways to eliminate the need for abortions, as well as to support all life, whether thru speaking against unnecessary, unjust wars, or by eliminating poverty, or by improving education. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Janet S.

Roman Catholic, South Carolina
As a person of faith, I support Barack because I trust him. It's as simple as that. I also believe he will treat people fairly and not consider one class of people somehow "better" or "more worthy" than another class of people. All are the same in God's eyes and I think Barack agrees with that outlook. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Rev. Paul SadlerRev. Paul Sadler

Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Congregational Church, Cleveland, OH
I would certainly say the war is a major issue as well as employment, healthcare, education and the environment. I don’t think that being a Christian means you must oppose entire groups of people. The issues that are important to me are the ones that seek justice for all Americans. I believe Senator Obama stands for that which he purports to be. He made a faith commitment and he lives by that faith commitment. Barack Obama is a Christian and a man who is committed to the rights of all people in reaching what is right and good for America.

Mary Beth B.

Roman Catholic, Phoenix, AZ
I am a professional educator who has taught in suburban and urban middle schools and high schools in Massachusetts, Missouri, Indiana, and Arizona over the last twenty years. I believe that Barack Obama is a man of integrity. He combines smarts and altruism, intellect and heart, like no other leader I've known. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Tim F.

Episcolpalian, Indianapolis, IN
I'm a 43-year-old European-American gay man. I have also been studying part-time since 2001 at a local seminary toward my Master of Divinity degree, in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. It is less important to me that Sen. Obama explicitly tout his UCC membership (although that is encouraging) or speak in Biblical imagery (although that is reassuring) than his commitment to bring genuine Christian ethics to bear on our society: to preach good news to the poor, release to captives, sight to the blind, and liberty to those who are oppressed. Groups:
Believers for Barack, Gay Christians for Obama, Seminarians for Obama

Chuck K.

Roman Catholic, Salt Lake City, UT
I’m a single father who has been raising my two sons. Senator Obama appears to be the most honorable and intelligent of the candidates with the most diverse, global background. This would lead me to think that he can best represent me and my faith in the world community. Groups:
Roman Catholics for Obama

Brenda L.

United Methodist, Orrington, ME
I have been in United Methodist clergy in Maine for 10 years. My husband and I have adopted two birth brothers who are 8 years old. We envision Barack as an embodiment of multicultural character that, as leader of the free world, would precipitate much healing in America, and the world. Groups:
United Methodists for Obama

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