Disciples’ General Minister and President among those who urge President Obama to help strengthen families, focus on peace for Christians in the Middle East
General Minister and President Sharon Watkins and other Christian leaders met with President Barack Obama on Monday, Nov. 1, where the group urged the president to help implement domestic and international policies that strengthen families and fight poverty.
The meeting at the White House brought together nearly 20 religious leaders from both the National Council of Churches and Church World Service. The group thanked the president for his work with the faith community, while also pressing him to take a strong stance on behalf of families facing poverty and hunger. The delegation also discussed with the president their concerns about hazards faced by Christian minorities in the Middle East.
“We visited the White House at the President’s invitation to acknowledge together the 100-year history of the modern ecumenical movement, especially through the National Council of Churches and its predecessor organizations,” said GMP Watkins. “We also took the opportunity to remind the President of our common faith and values related to extending God’s love to all our neighbors, and to work toward improving the lives of those in need.