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Christians across the country are answering the Gospel call to care for our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable, in a thousand constructive ways.
We are building hospitals and clinics, feeding the hungry, conserving energy, caring for AIDS orphans, working to free sex slaves, mentoring children, encouraging racial reconciliation, and so much more.
But again and again people on the front lines realize that one bad policy can undo a hundred good initiatives.
That is why it is so important to pay attention to our nation’s policies and priorities, and to get involved in the political process to elect the leaders whose decisions affect our nation and our world.
The Matthew 25 Network is a community of Christians – Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Evangelical – inspired by the Gospel mandate to put our faith into action to care for our neighbor, especially the most vulnerable.
The election of our public officials, and the politics they stand for, are a reflection of our core values. We believe that those elected to public office carry an important trust, as their decisions have a profound impact on our nation and our world.
We believe that people of faith should actively participate in the political process as an important avenue for social change. We are called by our faith to engage in the world as it is, while we seek after and hope for God’s Kingdom.
Therefore, while no elected official will be without flaw, we come together as individuals to support candidates for public office who share the values of the Matthew 25 Network: promoting life with dignity, caring for the least of these, strengthening and supporting families, stewardship of God’s Creation, working for peace and justice at home and abroad, and promoting the common good.
The Matthew 25 Network is a Federal Political Action Committee (PAC) that works to elect and promote candidates who share our values through grassroots mobilization, raising our voices in the media, and paid advertising.
Mara Vanderslice is the organizing force behind the Matthew 25 Network. Prior to founding Matthew 25, Mara worked with Common Good Strategies, a political consulting firm that worked on connecting elected officials, candidates and state parties with America’s diverse religious communities. CGS worked on numerous successful political campaigns in 2006. Prior to that, Mara was the Director of Religious Outreach for the Kerry-Edwards 2004 campaign. Mara’s work has been profiled in The New York Times, TIME magazine, The Washington Post, ABC News and the Christian Broadcasting Network. Mara also appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
Sharee McKenzie Taylor works on fundraising, strategy and outreach for The Matthew 25 Network. Sharee has worked as a political consultant and fundraiser for campaigns in the United States, Canada and Jamaica. Before her campaign work, Sharee worked as a corporate attorney in New York at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. In October 2007, Sharee joined Wexler & Walker PPA, a public policy firm, where she specializes in foreign affairs, trade, energy, and technology. Sharee is married to Minister Adam Taylor and they reside in the Washington DC area, where they are members of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Matthew 25 Network Endorsers:
* Bishop John Bryant
* Presiding Prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District, AME Church,
Los Angeles, CA
* Bart Campolo
* Urban minister, Founder of Mission Year,
* Ronaldo Cruz
* Former Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs, USCCB
* Sharon Daly
* Former Vice-President of Catholic Charities
* Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus
* Vice-President for Social Justice,
* National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
* Chicago, IL
* Sr. Sharon E. Dillon SSJ-TOSF
* Hyattsville, MD
* Rev. Dr. Derrick Harkins
* Nineteenth Street Baptist Church,
* Delores Leckey
* Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center
* Former Director of the Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth
* United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
* Brian McLaren
* Author and Pastor
* Vince Miller
* Georgetown University,
* David O'Brien
* College of the Holy Cross
* Worcester, MA
* Sr. Catherine Pinkerton,
* Sisters of Saint Joseph
* Washington, DC
* Peter Vander Meulen
* Coordinator, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church
Grand Rapids, MI
* Rev. Matthew Watley
* Reid Temple AME,
Glenn Dale, MD
* Rev. Mark Whitlock
* Irvine, CA
* Further endorsers to be listed soon...
*Institutions listed for identification purposes only. This does not imply an endorsement by any church body or institution.
Add Your Voice To The Network
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The Matthew 25 Network is a Federal Political Action Committee (PAC). Not authorized or paid for by any candidate or candidate's committee.