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After Charleston: A Commitment to Solidarity and a Call to Action Among Christians. 

As we mourn the loss of each of the nine sisters and brothers slain in Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC, we believe that we can move in the love of God that enables us to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. What if we could say, “After Charleston, we own the pain of our collective church family?” What if we could say, “After Charleston that we did everything we could to ensure something like this never happens again?” 

In the aftermath of unspeakable evil and the ongoing experience of immeasurable pain, as sisters and brothers in the American Church we present this petition as a public witness to the commitments made by Christian leaders listed below who have endorsed and signed this statement.

On June 25, 2015 Christian leaders of multiple ethnicities met to chart a path forward, to intentionally lead America's dialogue, healing and restoration around the issue of historic and systemic racism . This petition represents a public witness to the commitments expressed by all of the Christian Leaders present on that call.

This petition's leadership signatories include the following:

Roberta Ahmanson – Writer and Philanthropist
Bishop Claude Alexander – Pastor, The Park Church, Charlotte
Katherine Alsdorf – Founder, Redeemer Center for Faith & Work
Katelyn Beaty – Managing Editor of Christianity Today
Doug Birdsall – President, The Civilitas Group
Bishop Charles Blake – Senior Pastor, West Angeles Church of God in Christ
Bishop John Bryant – Presiding Prelate, Fourth Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church
Bryan Carter, Senior Pastor, Concord Church Dallas
Betty Deas Clark, Pastor, Mother Emanuel AME Church
Barry Corey – President, Biola University
Andy Crouch – Executive Editor, Christianity Today
Joshua Dubois – CEO, Values Partnerships
Robert Franklin – President Emeritus, Morehouse College
Leanne Van Dyk – President, Columbia Theological Seminary
Wayne Gordon – President, Christian Community Development Association
Art Hooker - Founder and CEO New Metropolitan 
Bishop T. D. Jakes – Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House
Dale Jones – CEO, Diversified Search
Tim Keller – Author, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Jo Anne Lyon – General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church
Otis Moss, Jr. – Pastor Emeritus, Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
Rich Mouw – President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary
Shirley Mullen – President, Houghton College
John Ortberg – Author, Senior Minister, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
Steve Park, Little Lights Urban Ministries
Barbara Williams-Skinner – President and Co-Founder, The Skinner Leadership Institute
Rick Warren – Author, Founding Pastor, Saddleback Church
Mark Whitlock, Jr., Senior Pastor, COR AME Church
C. Jeffrey Wright – CEO and President, Urban Ministries Inc.

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