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The National Council of Churches mourns the passing of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We give thanks for her life and witness, for her eloquence and for the joy she brought to so many lives. We are grateful for her powerful and remarkable advocacy for the equality of all people. We also give thanks for the example of her persistence in overcoming the many obstacles she faced in doing her job, most recently her cancer diagnosis. May her memory be a blessing!

We regret how quickly attention has turned from celebrating Justice Ginsburg and observing an appropriate period of grief to an unseemly push to hastily fill her seat. Our prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time.