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    A group of students at Baylor University are inviting their neighbors in Waco, Texas, for a State of Our Values watch and discussion at a local church as President Bush delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 31. At St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Riverside, California, Bible study groups are organizing a watch and inviting others to join. At Lee Heights Community Church in Cleveland, Ohio, teenagers and children are encouraged to join with adults and offer their opinions.
    These are just a few of the many State of Our Values watches that Sojourners supporters around the U.S. have organized. We hope you will join us!
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    In last year's State of the Union address, President Bush proclaimed boldly that "Over the next several months, on issue after issue, let us do what Americans have always done, and build a better world for our children and our grandchildren." Did the actions carried out after that speech line up with your values?
    We do not yet know what the president will say in his address this year. Will the president proclaim his vision for reducing or ending poverty in our time? Will he advance moral budget priorities? Will he lay out a plan for peace abroad and in our neighborhoods? Will he talk about restoring honest government? Most importantly, will he present a moral vision for our country that is in line with your values?
    This speech will likely occur one day before the House of Representatives votes on a budget that harms low-income families and children by cutting vital services such as child support, Medicaid, and assistance for disabled persons. We believe this is the real moral scandal in Washington, yet it is receiving little attention.
    As people of faith who believe in justice and compassion, we must ensure that our moral values are represented and our prophetic voices are heard.
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