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Press Conference on Immigration Concerns by National Religious Leaders Representing Catholic, Christian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, and Sikh Faith Traditions

Contact: Cassandra Champion, Director for Communications, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, 410-230-2791,


MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 7 /Standard Newswire/ -- An interfaith press conference on immigration concerns will be held via telephone on Tuesday, September 12.  


Who: National Religious Leaders Representing Catholic, Christian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, and Sikh Faith Traditions


What: Phone-In Press Conference


When: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST


3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Religious Perspectives

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Question & Answer Session


How: Call 1-800-290-9461 and mention passcode 4134


As Congress plays politics with the debate on comprehensive immigration reform, religious leaders from across the country and across faiths lift the voices of the voiceless and share perspectives on this moral issue at a critical time.


Speakers will include:


Bishop Stephen P. Bouman

Metropolitan New York Synod

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Dr. Rev. Mari Castellanos

United Church of Christ


Sister Anne Curtis, RSM

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas


Father Michael Leonard,

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support Center


Dr. Khaleel Mohammed

Imam and Professor of Religion

San Diego State University


Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr.

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference


Bishop Roy Sano

United Methodist Council of Bishops


Bhai Gurdarshan Singh

Guru Gobind Singh Foundation


Rabbi Scott Sperling,

The Union for Reform Judaism




Ralston H. Deffenbaugh, Jr.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service


For more information or to receive an audio recording of this event, please contact Cassandra Champion, Director for Communications at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service at 410-230-2791 or