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Clergy Statement on Settlement of Uyghur Parolees

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Tallahassee, Florida
October 1, 2008

We, the undersigned hold positions of leadership in faith communities of Tallahassee, Florida. We declare our support for an inter-faith effort to resettle three of the Uyghur prisoners currently held in federal custody at the facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Should these men be paroled, we will offer our personal welcome and support, and will urge the faith communities with whom we are associated to offer spiritual, financial, and practical assistance for their resettlement and incorporation into the Tallahassee community.

Brant S. Copeland Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Jack Romberg Rabbi, Temple Israel
Union for Reform Judaism

Candace McKibben Pastor, Tallahassee Fellowship
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Church

Rashad Mujahid Imam, Nasjid A-Nahl

Naeem Harris Imam, Islamic Center of Tallahassee

Lupton Abshire Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church
Episcopal Church in the United States of America

Clarke Campbell-Evans Senior Pastor, Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church

Mary Vance Pastor, Fellowship Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

John Lown Pastor, Lafayette Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Eric Dudley Rector, St. Peter’s Anglican Church
Anglican Communion

Robin Gray Minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations

Emory Hingst Parish Associate, First Presbyterian Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Sandra Hulse United Church of Christ

Bruce A. Chapman Minister, Presbyterian University Center, Florida State University
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Tom Borland Pastor, Faith Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Bill Williams Minister, Unity of Tallahassee
Association of Unity Churches

Michael Askew Pastor, Trinity United Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Leo Sandon Parish Associate, First Presbyterian Church
Presbyterian Church (USA)

Paul Anway Pastor, Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church
Metropolitan Community Church