The Conference of National Black Churches met in Washington, D.C., this week to endorse an extension of unemployment benefits, to organize plans to build education programs for poor children and to address health disparities. 

"Based on our prophetic responsibility to speak to those in power on behalf of the poor, underserved, and vulnerable, we find it utterly shameful that those who insisted that the deficit be reduced, now celebrate billions of dollars being added to the deficit as tax cuts for the wealthy," wrote the Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the Conference of National Black Churches.

Three hundred members of the new organization, which represents 50,000 congregations, met to take up the work of the now-defunct Congress of National Black Churches.

Read more about this story at the Huffington Post. And listen to W. Franklyn Richardson's interview with NPR's Michel Martin.