Joined by Presbyterian ministers Jennifer Butler, executive director of
Faith and Public Life, and Michael Livingston, past-president of the
National Council of Churches, Nelson knelt in the Capitol Rotunda to pray
for a debt ceiling deal that does not sacrifice the poor on the altar of
political ideology. He and others were arrested after being warned by Capitol Police.
“We are in a political quagmire,” Nelson said. “Our denomination
cannot stand idly by and watch while the mandate of the Gospel to love our
neighbors is violated in the halls of Congress.”