12/12/2011 05:50 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2012

An Open Letter to the 1 Percent

As a new board member of Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ), I'm pleased to share the following letter approved by the IWJ board last week:

To Whom Much Is Given, More is Required:
An Open Letter to the One Percent

During this time of financial crisis and economic disparity, we affirm the God-given dignity of every person. We believe God loves all 100 percent of us and wants to use us to create a more just society.

As faith leaders, we appreciate the generosity, charity, and commitment to the common good that many of you embody.

Still, some of you have used wealth and power to benefit the few at the expense of the many. We expect you to work with us to not only give generously, but to advocate for democracy and economic justice that works for everyone.

We call on you to:

* Support tax policies and legislation that require more from you so our nation can create good jobs in America

* Call for an extension of unemployment benefits for those unable to find work

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, "We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny." We are in this together, all 100 percent of us.

-- National Board of Directors, Interfaith Worker Justice --