National and international religious leaders gathered in DC on May 17, 2012 to speak to G8 and G20 leaders about moral concerns and priorities for their respective summits.  The religious leaders made personal and community commitments and offered recommendations to address economic justice; food, health, and human security; and poverty issues.

Following a tradition of religious leaders speaking together during such G summits, representatives from every major religious tradition met at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at Georgetown University to discuss critical issues, interact with scholars and government officials, and issue a statement.

The final statement and supporting information for the event will be posted at on Friday, May 18.  Presently the statement is available here.  It is available for immediate release.

Meeting participants at the event will be given until Monday, May 21 to review and accept/decline their name and organization being included in the statement’s final signatories. Those not at the meeting may also request to add their name.  No further edits will be made to the document, except upon special request to correct grammar, spelling, verifiable inaccuracies, or disruptive redundancies.

We encourage you to blog, tweet, and post this statement (referencing the Berkley Center’s site where signatories will be added) and to add your own creative spin on sharing the document with other circles/networks.  An example of a blog which was tweeted and posted during the event is a Reuters Faithworld blog now available at What They Are Not Talking About At Camp David’s G8.

Photographs from the event will be available shortly, courtesy of The Mosque Cares, at:

Thank you for your time and consideration of this request.

Special thanks to Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Dr. Sherrie Steiner, and Dr. Katherine Marshall for their kind assistance in facilitating this meeting and to the members of the Joint Religious Leadership Coordination for the G8 and G20 Summits for their perseverance and kind support.

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