WCC US Conference letter to President Obama was prepared during the US Conference conference Annual Meeting by a panel of church leaders including Rev. Dr. Jeffery W. Carter, Rev. Dr. Gradye Parsons, Rev. Michael Livingston, Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, Rev. Dr. John H. Thomas, Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon. Drafting group: Bernice Powell Jackson, Gradye Parsons and Sharon Young, Kathryn Lohre, Lois Dauway and Leonid Kishkovsky.