Faith Coalition

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Statement of Support

FAITH LEADERS’ STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR WASHINGTON FAMILIES
AND THE DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP LAW

The undersigned religious leaders, from across Washington State, have come together to speak with one voice for all Washington families.

Religious leaders before us have spoken to end slavery, and to ensure equal rights to all persons regardless of gender, nationality, religion, and race. Today, we feel compelled to speak out in support of Washington’s domestic partnership law which provides essential protections to families throughout the state.

As people of faith, we oppose any effort to take away the rights and protections provided to families through our state’s domestic partnership law.

As providers of pastoral care to families, we know that gay and lesbian couples form loving, lasting, committed relationships, raise children and grow old together. These couples and their children have the same needs and deserve the same rights as their heterosexual peers. We also know that the domestic partnership law provides important protections to non-gay couples where one partner is at least 62 years of age.

As faith leaders, we care about all Washington families. We have seen first-hand the burdens on a family facing death or illness without important legal and financial protections, from access to healthcare, to the right to visit a partner in the hospital, to the right to make medical decisions for one’s own children. We have felt the worry that exists when a parent who is a firefighter or police officer goes off to work each morning knowing that if something happens to her, there won’t be support for her family.

The domestic partnership law is about the relationship between the State and families. Clergy and faith communities will remain free, just as they always have been, and always will be, to determine for themselves their own religious matters.

We join as the signers of this statement, as a principled expression of our deeply held religious convictions. We stand in support of all of Washington’s families.

Read the Press Relase: Religious Leaders Announce Support of Domestic Partnership Law

If you are a faith leader who would like to sign on to the Faith Leaders’ Statement of Support for Washington Families and The Domestic Partnership Law click here.

How your faith community can help the Approve 71 campaign

All our faith traditions teach, in their own ways, that love and commitment are among the greatest values we espouse. As people of faith, we must do everything we can to promote a fair society that honors all and enables all couples with the legal and civil means for the opportunities and responsibilities that respect and honor loving relationships. Listed below are examples of ways in which communities of faith can take action locally to help ensure the approval of Referendum 71. Please contact Thomas Pitchford or Erin Clark, by email at faith@approve71.org or by telephone, at 206-324-2570 to sign on to the Faith Signers list or for additional information.

  • Web page link and statements from clergy leader
  • Bulletin inserts with Ref 71 info.
  • Special email or newsletter piece (we will provide talking points)
  • Community-sponsored night of phone banking at one of our campaign phone bank locations
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Outreach to faith communities and clergy who have not signed the campaign Faith Statement
  • House of worship parties such as after-service meals with Approve 71 discussion
  • Faith placard placed in windows (print out the PDF)
  • Connecting Approve 71 campaign with members of your community for other volunteer projects
  • Assigning a staff or community person as campaign liaison for items above or refer to your social justice committee (where applicable)
  • Conduct personal fundraising asks
  • Be part of our speaker’s bureau for clergy
  • Print materials from website and make available to community members through the duration of the campaign

Signers

Name City Denomination
Reverend Eric Don Anderson Yakima United Church of Christ
Pastor Shannnon Anderson Seattle Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Melissa Anthony Seattle United Methodist
Pastor Maynard Atik Seattle Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Sally Balmer Anacortes United Church of Christ
Reverend Paul Benz Seattle Lutheran
Rabbi Will Berkovitz Seattle Jewish
Reverend Brooks Berndt Vancouver United Church of Christ
Reverend Shawn Thomas Berthel Gig Harbor Universal Life Church
The Reverend David Bloom Seattle American Baptist
Minister Bruce Bode Port Townsend Unitarian Universalist
Rabbi Jill Borodin Seattle Conservative Judaism
The Reverend Dr. Mary Boyd Seattle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The Reverend George Anne Boyle Lacey Episcopalian
Reverend David Brown Tacoma Presbyterian Church (USA)
Reverend Dr. Joanne Brown Seattle United Methodist
Reverend Sandy Brown Seattle United Methodist Church
Pastor Susan Burchfield Seattle Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Reverend John Cahall Seattle United Methodist
Pastor Jocelyn K Carson Everett Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pastor James Carter Seattle United Methodist
Reverend Andrea CastroLang Spokane United Church of Christ
Reverend Jim CastroLang Spokane United Church of Christ
The Reverend Paul Collins Seattle Episcopal
The Reverend Daniel G. Conklin Seattle Episcopal
The Reverend Debra Conklin Spokane United Methodist Church
Reverend Monica Corsaro Seattle United Methodist Church
Reverend Charlotte Cowtan Edmonds Unitarian-Universalist
Reverend Janetta Cravens Boyd Seattle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Pastor Lisa Dahlen Seattle Lutheran
Reverend Joan Dennehy Seattle Disciples of Christ
Rev Tim Devine Seattle United Church of Christ
Pastor Craig Darling Seattle American Baptist Churches in the USA
Reverend Diane Darling Seattle United Church of Christ
The Reverend Nancy Darnell Renton American Baptist
Reverend Michael Denton Bellingham United Church of Christ
Reverend Lisa Domke Seattle Presbyterian
Rabbi Elizabeth Dunsker Vancouver Reform Judaism
Reverend Ann Eidson Shoreline United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. Dee Eisenhauer Bainbridge Island United Church of Christ
Rabbi Cindy Engler Bellingham Jewish
Reverend Stephen Eriksen Richland United Church of Christ
Reverend Angela Farrar Seattle American Baptist
Rabbi Allison Flash Seattle Jewish
Reverend Catherine Foote Seattle United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. Marie M. Fortune Seattle United Church of Christ
Pastor Catherine Fransson Edmonds American Baptist
Reverend John Garlington Seattle Non Denominational
Executive Director Jessica Gavre — First United Methodist Church* Tacoma United Methodist Church
Reverend Debbie George Kenmore Living Waters Fellowship
Reverend William Green Bellingham United Methodist
Rabbi Seth Goldstein Olympia Jewish
Reverend Joy Haertig Shoreline United Church of Christ
Parish Minister Reverend Dr. Alicia Grace Seattle Unitarian Universalist
The Rev. William Harper Grace Bainbridge Island Episcopal
Reverend Ana Gobledale Kirkland United Church of Christ
Reverend Tod Gobledale Kirkland United Church of Christ
Reverend Terry B. Hall Yakima United Methodist Church
The Reverend Ernest Harrelson Yakima The Episcopal Church
Reverend Bruce David Harrington Seattle United Church of Christ
Reverend Vincent Hart Tacoma United Methodist Church
Pastor Katherine Hawks Seattle Lutheran
Reverend Robert Henre Puyallup United Methodist Church
Minister Jamie Haskins Seattle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend Gordon Hutchins Tacoma United Methodist Church
Reverend Peter Ilgenfritz Seattle United Church of Christ
The Reverend Dr. Beryl Ingram Bellevue United Methodist Church
Reverend Carol Jensen Seattle Lutheran ELCA
Reverend Marj Johnston Spokane United Church of Christ
Rabbi Bruce Kadden Tacoma Reform Judaism
Reverend Marilyn Kallshian Arlington United Methodist
Reverend Elizabeth “Kit” Ketcham Freeland Unitarian Universalist
Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg Olympia Jewish
Reverend Tamalyn Kralman Bellingham Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend David Kratz Seattle United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. James Kubal-Komoto Federal Way Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Keith Kron Blaine  Unitarian Universalist Association
Associate Director Nina Laboy — American Friends Service Committee* Seattle Quaker
Reverend Vincent Lachina Seattle American Baptist Churches in the USA
Reverend Katie Ladd Seattle United Methodist
Associate Pastor Chip Laird Pullman United Church of Christ
Reverend Rich Lang Seattle United Methodist
Rabbi Anson Laytner Seattle Reform Judaism
Reverend Robert J. Lewis unknown Unitarian Universalist
Reverend John-Otto Liljenstolpe Seattle Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend John Lindsay Friday Harbor Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Karen Lindvig Seattle Unity
Reverend Katy Lloyd Seattle United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. Frances Lorenz Tacoma Center for Spiritual Living
Senior Minister Rev. Jon M. Luopa Bellevue Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Dr. Peter Luton Bellevue Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Silversity Madrazo Federal Way United Church of Christ
Reverend Katherine Makus Ellensburg United Methodist
Rabbi Jessica Marshall Everett Jewish-Reform
Reverend L. Carlyle Martin Spokane United Methodist
Reverend Katy McCallum Sachse Bothell Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Carol McKinley Olympia Unitarian Universalist
Pastor Joseph Miller Tacoma United Methodist
The Reverend David Mesenbring  Seattle Lutheran/Episcopal
Rabbi Jim Mirel Bellevue Reform Judaism
Reverend Sharon Moe Tacoma United Methodist Church
President Tracy Monaghan Seattle Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Tad Monroe Tacoma Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Joan Montagnes Bellevue Unitarian Universalist
Minister Rev. Peg Morgan Seattle Unitarian Universalist
Senior Pastor Rev. Ray Neal Seattle Metropolitan Community Churches
Reverend Nina Merkle Nestlerode Seattle United Church of Christ & Disciples of Christ
Reverend Jane Newall Yakima Metropolitan Community Church
Reverend Weldon Nisly Seattle Mennonite
Pastor Christopher A. Nolte Vancouver Lutheran
Program Coordinator Timothy O’Brien — Northwest Dharma Association* Seattle Buddhist
The Reverend Scott Opsahl Seattle Presbyterian Church (USA)
Reverend Elizabeth Patrick Shoreline American Baptist Church (USA)
Lay Leader Kathleen Peppard – Community for Interfaith Celebration Olympia Interfaith & United Church of Christ
Reverend Tim Phillips Seattle American Baptist Churches in the USA
Pastor Thomas Poochigian Seattle Independent
Pastor Darrell Reeck DuPont United Methodist
Reverend John Reitan Tacoma Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel, Episcopal Bishop of Olympia Olympia Episcopalian
Rev. Cynthia Riggin Woodinville United Church of Christ
Reverend Paul Rodkey Spokane Presbyterian
Reverend Cheryl Rohret Tieton Unity Spiritual Life Center
Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum Mercer Island Conservative Judaism
Reverend Laurie Rudel Lake Forest Park Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend Dr. Lon Rycraft Seattle United Church of Christ
Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler Seattle United Methodist Church
Rabbi Janine C. Schloss Seattle Temple Beth Am
Reverend Dr. Donald Schmidt Bellevue United Church of Christ
Rabbi Daniel Septimus Seattle Reform Judaism
Cantor David Serkin-Poole Bellevue Reform Judaism
Pastor (retired) Jack Severns Kent United Methodist
Pastor Muriel Severns Kent United Methodist
Pastor (retired) John Shaffer Stanwood United Methodist Church
Pastor Rebecca Shjerven Tacoma Lutheran
Reverend Gary Shoemaker Bellingham Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Reverend David Shull Seattle United Church of Christ
Pastor James Simpson Tacoma United Methodist
Rabbi Beth Singer Seattle Reform Judaism
Rabbi Jonathan Singer Seattle Reform Judaism
Reverend Michael Smith Everett United Methodist
Reverend Monty Smith Tacoma United Methodist Church
Reverend Beverly Spears Bellevue American Baptist
Reverend Jane Sorenson Bellingham United Church of Christ
Reverend Dr. Tom Sorenson Monroe United Church of Christ
Reverend Dan Stern Seattle United Church of Christ
Reverend Elizabeth Stevens Bremerton Unitarian Universalism
Reverend David Strong Seattle Christian United Church
Pastor Sharon Swanson Bellingham Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Pastor Mark Travis Mercer Island United Church of Christ
Reverend Nayer Taheri  Seattle Unitarian Universalist
The Reverend Arthur Vaeni Olympia Unitarian Universalist
Reverend Dr. David Vergin Langley United Methodist Church
The Reverend Douglas Wadkins Bellingham Unitarian Universalist
Father James Walley Maple Valley Apostolic Catholic Church in America
Reverend James Watson Tacoma United Methodist Church
The Reverend Gail Wheatley Port Angeles Episcopalian
Rabbi Daniel Wiener Bellevue Reform Judaism
Reverend Steve Willis Newport Presbyterian
Alice Woldt Seattle UCC/UMC
Reverend Melvin Woodworth Tacoma United Methodist Church

Organizations
All Pilgrims Christian Church
All Souls Universalists Community
Bethany United Church of Christ
Center for Spiritual Living
Central Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity
Church Council of Greater Seattle
Community for Interfaith Celebration
Congregation Beth Shalom
Congregation Kol Ami
Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church
Findlay Street Christian Church
First United Methodist Church of Seattle
Fauntleroy United Church of Christ
Grace Gospel Chapel
Hillel University Washington/J-Connect Seattle
Kol HaNeshamah
Lutheran Public Policy Office
Micah Project of First United Methodist Church of Tacoma
Northshore United Church of Christ
Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Open Arms Community Church
Path of Freedom Sangha
Pilgrim Congregational
Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church
Ravenna United Methodist Church
Richmond Beach Congregational, United Church of Christ
Saint Benedict Episcopal Church
Saltwater Unitarian Universalist Church
Seattle First Baptist Church
Seattle Unity Church
Shalom United Church of Christ
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Temple B’nai Torah
Temple Beth Am
Temple Beth Or
Shoreline Unitarian Univesalist Church
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
Trinity United Methodist
United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island
University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
University Christian Church of Seattle
Wallingford United Methodist Church
WA State Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice
Woodland Park United Methodist Church
Washington Association of Churches
Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation