Interfaith Statement of Support for the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law


We stand together against efforts to repeal the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law, a critical means of expanding affordable housing opportunities for thousands of people who need it. Housing is a basic human need. The Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law, also known as Chapter 40B, has created affordable homes for tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents. Seniors, working families, veterans, and people with disabilities are just a few examples of people who need more affordable options to own or rent a home. Without this law, fewer people will be able to attain an affordable home to serve as a foundation for human dignity, health and well-being. Social justice and the dignity of all persons are fundamental values for communities of faith and they call us to speak out: All people should have the opportunity to live in affordable, safe housing. We stand in solidarity to protect the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Law and invite members of all faiths to join us and Vote ‘No’ against repealing this critical law on Question Two in November.

Signatories (listed in alphabetical order)


1. Fran Adams, Co-President, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
2. Susan E. Affleck-Childs, Board of Deacons, Franklin Federated Church
3. Hossam Al Jabri, Executive Director, Muslim American Society
4. Reverend Jean Alexander, Pastor, United Parish of Auburndale, Newton
5. The Reverend Dr. Jim Antal, General Minister and President United Church of Christ 6. The Reverend Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson, Minister, First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist, Beverly
7. Harold E. Babcock, Minister, First Religious Society, Newburyport
8. The Reverend Robert S. Bachelder, Minister and President, Worcester Area Mission Society, United Church of Christ, Auburn
9. Father Grant Barber, Rector, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scituate
10. Rabbi Samuel Barth, Rabbi, Temple Ahavat Achim, Gloucester
11. The Reverend Kevin Bean, All Saints Church, Worcester
12. The Reverend James Bearden, Priest in Charge, Trinity Episcopal Church, Haverhill
13. The Reverend Sheldon W. Bennett, Minister, United First Parish Church, Quincy
14. The Reverend Jade “JD” Benson, Co-Minister, First Parish, Brewster
15. The Reverend Harold G. Birkenhead, the Church of Holy Nativity, Episcopal, Weymouth
16. The Reverend Lee Bluemel, North Parish of North Andover
17. The Reverend Anne Bonnyman, Rector Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston
18. Steven Bonsey, Canon Pastor, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Boston
19. Miriam Bronstein, Havurat Shalom, Somerville
20. John A. Buehrens, Minister First Parish in Needham
21. The Reverend Howard K. Burgoyne, Superintendent Evangelical Covenant Churches, East Coast Conference
22. The Reverend Terry Burke, Minister, First Church in Jamaica Plain
23. The Reverend Quinn G. Caldwell, Associate Minister, Old South Church, Boston
24. Father Ken Campbell, Chair, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Cape Cod Chapter and Retired Priest, Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, South Orleans
25. Matt Carriker, Assistant Pastor of Religious Education, Eliot Church of South Natick
26. Lee Cheek, St. James Episcopal, Great Barrington
27. Teresa Cheney, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, West Roxbury
28. The Rt. Reverend Bud Cederholm, Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
29. Barbara J. Cohen, Spiritual Leader, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Great Barrington
30. The Reverend Jeremi Ann Colvin, Deacon, Church of the Holy Spirit, Fall River
31. The Reverend Peter M. Cook, Senior Minister, the Plymouth Church, United Church of Christ, Framingham
32. The Reverend June R. Cooper, Executive Director, City Mission Society
33. The Reverend Susan Crampton (retired)
34. The Reverend Ted Crass, Centralville United Methodist Church, Lowell
35. The Reverend Margot D. Critchfield, Rector, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Cohasset
36. Douglass Davidoff, Member, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
37. The Reverend Patricia De Beer, Interim Priest, Church of Our Savior, Arlington
38. Sheila Decter, Executive Director, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
39. The Reverend Nathan Detering, Minister, First Parish in Sherborn
40. The Reverend Judy Deutsch, Minister Emerita, First Parish, Medfield, Member, First Parish, Sudbury
41. The Reverend Eric Dupee, Pastor, Crawford Memorial United Methodist Church, Winchester
42. The Reverend Stan G. Duncan, Interim Pastor, United Parish of Fall River
43. The Reverend Christine Elliott, Pastor, Calvary Church United Methodist, Arlington
44. The Reverend Noah H. Evans, Priest in Charge, Grace Episcopal Church, Medford
45. The Reverend Dr. Anita Farber-Robertson, Interim Minister, First Parish in Cohasset
46. Rabbi Jeff Faust, Spiritual Life Center, Bentley University
47. Ellen Feingold, Former President, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
48. Cantor Geoffrey B. Fine, Cantor, Beth El Temple Center, Belmont
49. Harriet Finkelstein, Member, Boston Jewish Spirit
50. Dr. Stephen Fisher, Spiritual Director, Lowell
51. The Reverend Ann Fox, Unitarian Memorial Church
52. Robert Frank, Member, Boston Jewish Spirit
53. Rabbi John Franken, Rabbi, Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline
54. Joan Friedman, member, Havurat Shalom, Somerville
55. Rabbi Ronne Friedman, Temple Israel/Boston
56. Rabbi Jeff Foust, Spiritual Life Center, Bentley University
57. The Reverend Mary McKinnon Ganz, Co-Minister, First Parish in Brewster
58. The Reverend Cathy H. George, Priest-in-Charge, Saint Mary’s, Dorchester
59. Jonathan Gilbert, Member, Friends Meeting at Cambridge
60. Kristin Gilbert, Member, Friends Meeting at Cambridge (Quaker)
61. Mary Gilbert, Member, Friends Meeting at Cambridge
62. The Reverend Jeffrey Gill, Rector, Christ Church (Episcopal), Andover
63. The Reverend Anne Bathurst Gilson, Priest Associate, Christ Church Episcopal, Harwich Port
64. The Reverend Reebee Kavich Girash, Pastor, Pleasant Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Arlington
65. Susan Gittelman, Executive Director B'nai B'rith Housing New England
66. Rabbi Neal Gold, Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
67. Rabbi Mark Golub
68. Susan Goodman, member, Temple Shalom, Newton
69. The Reverend Marion C. Grant, Pastor, First United Parish, Everett
70. Hilary V. Greene, Parishioner, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Barnstable
71. Dr. Virginia Grimes Allen, Chaplain, Pastoral Care Department, Milton Hospital
72. The Reverend Edgar A. Gutierrez-Duarte, Vicar, St. Luke’s- San Lucas Episcopal Church, Chelsea
73. Rabbi Eric S. Gurvis, Rabbi, Temple Shalom of Newton
74. Cozette Haggerty, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
75. The Reverend Patricia Hale, Rector, All Saints Parish, Whitman
76. The Reverend Hurmon Hamilton, Senior Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
77. The Reverend Dr. Ray Hammond, M.D., M.A., Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Boston
78. The Reverend Edward A. Hardy, First Parish Bridgewater Unitarian Universalist, Bridgewater
79. The Reverend Dr. Kristen L. Harper, Senior Minister, Unitarian Church of Barnstable
80. The Rt. Reverend Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
81. Mark W. Harris, Minister, First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist
82. Rabbi Anne Heath, Rabbi and Cantor, Congregation Agudath Achim, Taunton
83. The Reverend J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Health and Social Services for the Archdiocese of Boston
84. The Reverend John E. Hickey, Minister Emeritus, Universalist Urban Ministry, Roxbury
85. The Reverend Lisa Hildebrandt, Interim Priest, Church of the Good Shepherd, Wareham
86. John Hockridge, Parish Administrator, St. John’s Episcopal Church, North Adams, Trustee, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
87. The Reverend M. Lara Hoke, Consulting Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover and First Congregational Parish, Petersham
88. Rabbi Howard L. Jaffe, Senior Rabbi, Temple Isaiah, Lexington
89. The Reverend Jack Johnson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches
90. Dvora Jonas, Member, Havurat Shalom
91. M. Bilal Kaleem, President, Muslim American Society of Boston
92. Nancy Kaufman, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston
93. Susie Kaufman, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Great Barrington
94. Pastor Sheldon C. Keller, First Baptist Church, Westwood
95. Alexander Levering Kern, Executive Director, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) and Protestant Chaplain, Brandeis University
96. The Reverend Dr. Diane Kessler
97. The Reverend David A. Killian, Rector, All Saints Parish, Brookline
98. Mark L. Kingston, Church Hill United Methodist Church, Norwell
99. Rabbi Jonathan Kraus, Rabbi Beth El Temple Center, Belmont
100. Rabbi Claudia Kreiman, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
101. The Reverend Paul A.L. LaCharite, Priest Associate, Christ Church in The City of Boston (Old North)
102. The Reverend Arthur Lavoie, Minister, First Parish In Dorchester, Unitarian Universalist, Dorchester
103. Sister Pauline LeBlanc, Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, Lowell
104. Rabbi Dan Liben, President, Massachusetts Board of Rabbis
105. The Reverend Roger Lier, First United Presbyterian Church, Cambridge
106. The Reverend Kathleen G. Lonergan, Director of Youth Ministries for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
107. The Reverend Peter Lovett, Christ Church United in Lowell, MA
108. The Reverend Megan Lynes, First Parish in Bedford, Unitarian Universalist
109. Grace Man, Park Street Church, Boston
110. The Reverend Judith G. Mannheim Retired Unitarian Universalist minister Pastoral Care Team, Boston Living Center
111. Karen Margois, Congregant Temple Shir Tikva, Wayland
112. Dorothy Martin,Vestry Clerk, All Saints' Episcopal Church, South Hadley
113. Nancy Jeanne Martin, Parishioner, Trinity Church, Boston
114. Gale Maynard, Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church
115. Massachusetts Association of Jewish Federations
116. Massachusetts Catholic Conference
117. The Reverend Kathy McAdams, Executive Director, Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral, Boston
118. Tabetha Mccartney, Wellesley Hills Congregational Church
119. Sister Sally McLaughlin, Congregational Councilor, Sisters of Charity-Halifax
120. Rabbi Rim Meirowitz, Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester
121. The Reverend Dr. Michael Paul Melendez, LICSW, Deacon, Cathedral Church of St. John, Boston
122. William G Messenger, Episcopal Church
123. Rabbi Joseph Meszler, Rabbi Temple Sinai of Sharon
124. Rabbi Dr. Laurence Milder, Congregation B’nai Shalom, Westborough
125. The Reverend Paul Millin, United Church of Christ, retired
126. The Reverend Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Co-Minister, Winchester Unitarian Society, Winchester
127. Rabbi Jeremy Morrison, Temple Israel, Boston
128. Reverend Stephen Mott (retired), New England Annual Conference, United Methodist Church
129. The Reverend Thomas P. Mulvey, Jr., Emmanuel Parish, Episcopal, Braintree
130. The Reverend Joan B. Murray, Minister, Chaplains on the Way, Wellesley
131. The Reverend Dr. Leslie A. Murray, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Curry College, Associate
Priest, Trinity Episcopal Church, Canton
132. Lita Newdick, Member, Cambridge Friends Meeting, Liberal Quaker
133. Elizabeth Newton, Franklin Federated Church
134. The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Orth, Pastoral Counselor, Horizon’s Associates, Winchester
135. The Reverend Gerald J. Osterman, Pastor, St. Katharine Drexel, Roxbury
136. The Reverend Terry Pannell, Rector, St. Mary of the Harbor Episcopal Church, Provincetown
137. The Reverend Dr. Anthony G. Pappas, Executive Minister, The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts
138. The Reverend Linda Parham
139. The Reverend Wayne Parrish, General Presbyterian
140. Parisa Parsa, First Parish in Milton, Unitarian Universalist
141. The Reverend Margaret Payne, Bishop of the New England Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
142. Hank Peirce, Minister, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford
143. Rabbi Barbara Penzner, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, West Roxbury
144. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Founding Director, Just Congregations, Union for Reform Judaism
145. The Reverend Dr. Susan Panek Polizzi, Pastor First United Baptist Church, Lowell, MA
146. The Reverend Ted Rasakham, Lao United Church of Christ, Lowell
147. The Reverend Jack Rathschmidt, OFM, Capuchin Franciscan Friary, Jamaica Plain
148. Sister Ann Regan, Sisters of Charity, Congregational Councilor, Medford
149. Rabbi Victor Reinstein, Rabbi, Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue
150. Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, Member in Discernment, South Deerfield Congregational Church, South Deerfield
151. The Reverend Dr. Wesley A. Roberts, Senior Pastor, People’s Baptist Church of Boston
152. The Reverend Edmund Robinson, Minister, Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Chatham
153. The Reverend Sylvia Robinson, United Church of Christ, Retired
154. The Reverend Tracey Robinson-Harris, Interim Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro
155. The Reverend Sam Rodman, Rector, St. Michaels, Milton
156. The Reverend Carol Rosine, First Universalist Society in Franklin
157. Nancy Ross, Member of the Mission Team at the Franklin Federated Church
158. The Reverend Anne Rousseau
159. Malika Rushdan, Director, Islamic Circle of North America Relief, Boston
160. The Reverend Susan H. Russell, Priest-in-Charge, Church of Saint Andrew, Episcopal, Marblehead
161. Aileen Ryder, St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Lynn
162. The Reverend Ken Sawyer, Senior Minister, First Parish In Wayland
163. The Reverend Dr. Tina T. Saxon, Pastor, Church on The Hill, BSNJ, Swedenborgian, Boston
164. Amy Schectman, President and CEO, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
165. Rabbi Rachel Schoenfeld, Congregation Shirat Hayam, Marshfield
166. The Reverend Janice M. Schuyler, Rutland
167. The Rt. Reverend Gordon Paul Scruton, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts
168. Dr. Ann Searing, Milton Interfaith Clergy Association
169. The Reverend Miriam E. Sedzro, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Roxbury
170. The Reverend Catherine Senghas, Senior Minister and Executive Director, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
171. The Reverend Ana Sequera and the Reverend Jesus Sequera, Ministry of Reconciliation, Worcester
172. The Rt. Reverend M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
173. The Reverend Natalie Shiras, Pastor, Church on the Hill, United Church of Christ, Lenox
174. The Reverend Adam Shoemaker, Christ Church (Episcopal), Andover
175. The Reverend Richard J. Simeone, Episcopal Priest (retired)
176. The Reverend Daniel Smith, Senior Minister, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational United Church of Christ
177. Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur - Boston Province
178. Rabbi Matthew Soffer, Temple Israel, Boston
179. Betsy Spears, Our Lady of Hope
180. The Reverend Ellen Rowse Spero, Parish Minister, First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Chelmsford
181. The Reverend Paul Sprecher, Minister, Second Parish in Hingham
182. The Reverend Burns Stanfield, Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston
183. Rachel Stein, Havurat Shalom, Somerville
184. Reverend Imogene Stukens, Protestant Campus Ministries, UMASS-Lowell
185. David G. & Jane L. Sveden, Members, Franklin Federated Church
186. Connie Swan, Christian Science Church
187. Father James Taggart, Missionary Oblate, St. Patrick Catholic Parish, Lowell
188. The Reverend Karin Tanenholtz, Community Minister, First Parish in Framingham (Unitarian Universalist)
189. The Reverend Rachel Tedesco, Community Minister, First Parish Church (UU) in Bridgewater
190. Alan Teperow, Executive Director, Synagogue Council of Massachusetts
191. Sandra Thaxter, FRSUU Newburyport Social Action Committee Chair
192. The Reverend Roy Tripp, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, Duxbury
193. The Reverend Barbara E. Turner Delisle, First Congregational Church of Montague
194. Unitarian Universalist Massachusetts Action Network
195. Yusufi Vali, Organizer, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
196. Wendy Vanderhart, Associate Conference Minister, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
197. Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, Temple Beth Zion, Brookline
198. Karen Warren, Diocesan House
199. The Reverend Enid Watson, Church of the Covenant, Boston
200. The Reverend George H. Welles, Jr., Rector, Church of Our Saviour in Milton
201. The Reverend Dr. Peter A. Wells, Associate Conference Minister, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ
202. The Reverend Elizabeth Wieman, Pastor, Hyde Park Presbyterian Church
203. The Reverend Kate Wilkinson, Coordinator of Congregational Outreach and Volunteers, Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, Roxbury
204. The Reverend Jean Wright, Pastor
205. The Reverend Dr. Judith E. Wright, Settled Parish Minister, Northborough
206. The Reverend Ted Zaragoza, Elliot Presbyterian Church, Lowell
207. Rabbi Elaine Zecher, Temple Israel, Boston
208. Latifa Turner Ziyad, Vice-President, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

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