“Living, serving, and walking alongside our Palestinian brothers and sisters in the Holy Land enabled me to see and learn more than I ever expected, in particular about the impact that we have on others based on what we do with our money. As people of faith we are called to live out the Gospel and to be faithful stewards of our time and our resources. It is therefore our responsibility as the ELCA to direct our financial resources in such a manner that we are not supporting or funding any organization that uses those financial resources as a means of oppression or violence, whether it’s in the Holy Land or elsewhere. With prayers for justice, I fully support the memorial and the adoption of a human rights social criteria investment screen. We all know that money talks. It’s time to use our money as part of our voice.”