WASHINGTON — Standing in stark contrast to partisan budget proposals that seek first to address a bottom line instead of our nation's needs and priorities, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has joined with dozens of other prominent religious organizations to unveil for congressional consideration a “Faithful Budget” proposal.
The Priorities for a Faithful Budget is a set of comprehensive and compassionate budget principles that will protect the common good, value each individual, and help lift the burden on those living in poverty. The Faithful Budget can be read in its entirety at: Priorities for a Faithful Budget (PDF, 51 pages).
"As Unitarian Universalists, we are proud to stand in solidarity with other faith communities in calling on Congress and the Obama Administration to enact a budget that will move us toward a more economically just society," says the Rev. Craig Roshaven, Witness Ministries Director for the UUA. "Our faith compels us to help those who are struggling to overcome poverty, and we know that children, women, and the elderly are disproportionally affected by the current system of privilege that rewards a few at the expense of many. In an economically just society, federal expenditures and programs promote the good of all. We raise our collective voice in calling for a Faithful Budget consistent with a government of the people, by the people, and for the people—all people."
The Faithful Budget lays out ideas for restoring economic opportunity, ensuring adequate resources for the country’s fiscal needs, fostering true security, reducing poverty and hardship, taking responsibility for future generations, caring for the environment, improving access to health care and recognizing the robust role of government in combating poverty.
The Faithful Budget Preamble, endorsed by the UUA and 36 other religious denominations and organizations, includes a call to Congress and the President to enact a budget that “enhances the well-being of all Americans and to make a good faith increase in funding for the impoverished and the vulnerable here and abroad in fiscal year 2013.” A full list of those endorsing the preamble and principles of the Faithful Budget is below.
The Faithful Budget is a continuation of the Faithful Budget Campaign, an effort launched by the religious community in May 2011 to lift up voices of faith on behalf of the nation’s most vulnerable in order to encourage the Obama Administration and Congress to maintain a robust commitment to domestic and international poverty assistance programs.
The UUA is a faith community of more than 1,000 congregations that bring to the world a vision of religious freedom, tolerance, and social justice. For more information, please visit UUA.org.
Faith-based Organizations Endorsing the Preamble-Principles of the Faithful Budget
- American Friends Service Committee
- Arkansas Interfaith Alliance
- Bread for the World
- Center of Concern
- Center on Conscience and War
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
- Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice
- Church of the Brethren
- Church World Service
- Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
- Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism
- Conference of Major Superiors of Men
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in American
- Faithful Reform in Health Care
- Franciscan Action Network
- Friends Committee on National Legislation
- Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Institute Leadership Team
- Islamic Society of North America
- Jesuit Conference
- Jubilee USA Network
- Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, United States Province
- Leadership Conference of Women Religious
- Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
- Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
- Minnesota Council of Churches
- Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
- Muslim Public Affairs Council
- Sisters of the Good Shepherd: The National Advocacy Center
- National Council of Churches of Christ, USA
- NETWORK: A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
- Pax Christi USA
- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), Office of Public Witness
- Progressive National Baptist Convention
- Unitarian Universalist Association
- United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries
- United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society