A short time ago I returned from the "Rally for A Better Oregon" at the State Capitol Building in Salem (see photos below). As I said in a statement earlier this morning, I became a co-sponsor of today's rally because my faith compels me to speak out of matters of moral importance in my capacity as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Other religious leaders and organizations also co-sponsored the event and The Rev. Ryan Lambert, a colleague of mine in the UCC, was a speaker.
Budgets are moral documents and if Oregon - as Governor Kitzhaber has proposed - makes massive cuts to human services and leaves the most vulnerable without a safety net that action reflects on us all. Oregon will be a less moral place.
We are called to see the face of God in all those we encounter. We are our brother's keeper. We are our sister's keeper. That is my message to the Governor and the members of the Legislature today. We are called to do better.
It was a great pleasure to join thousands of my fellow Oregonians at the Capitol today demanding that our leaders do better by the people of this great state.