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'America's Chaplain' Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, Calls on Americans to Remember Our Military Moms this Mother's Day

Contact: Carole Marie, WDC Media, 303-601-6469, 877-862-3600 ext. 2, Carole@wdcmedia.com


MEDIA  ADVISORY, New York /Christian Newswire/ -- With our sons and daughters at war in Iraq, Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook, "Dr. SuJay" as she is affectionately known, is calling on Americans to remember "Military Moms" everywhere who are without their most prized possessions--their children.  "Mothers who are separated from their children, the young men and women who are at war are left with an uncertainty that can only be remedied through prayer.  And then there are those mothers whose husbands are out defending freedom and they are left the task of keeping the families together," says Cook.  "While we're praying for the Military Moms who are without their sons and daughters, let's not forget the mothers whose children are at war on the streets- let's pray for their peace and comfort also."


 As Faith Advisor for Former President Clinton, her work on his Domestic Policy Council and as Faith Liaison for the Department of Housing & Urban Development, Rev. Cook is no stranger to the needs of the family. "Children need the nurturing that comes from their mother, whether at age 2 or 42 they seek the love of their mothers." Cook continues. "Mothers are the first teacher a child knows, responsible for keeping them on course and protecting them from danger." Reverend Cook is known for her longstanding work in the New York community and as the host of the weekly Wonderful Wall Street Wednesday services—a half hour, lunchtime "pick me up" for workers in the Wall Street area.  She will be appearing on TLC Network with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in "A Celebration of the American Woman" which is scheduled to air Sunday May 13 at 10 PM EST.  Dr. SuJay is available to answer the following pertinent questions:


  • How has the role of a mother changed over the years and what has remained consistent?


  • Can the American Woman effectively "bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan"?


  • What are some of the differences a mother in an urban area might face as opposed to rural U.S.?


  • What about someone who may not have fond memories of their mother, how might they honor her in spite of her shortcomings?


Credentials:  Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook is a senior pastor at the Believers Christian Fellowship in New York City and is the editor of Sister to Sister and the author of Too Blessed to Be Stressed and Live Like You're Blessed. She is the first black woman pastor in the 200-year history of the American Baptist Churches, the first female chaplain for the New York City Police Department, and the first female officer of the largest clergy conference in the nation, the Hampton University Ministers Conference, which represents all the historically African American denominations, and served as a domestic policy advisor under President Clinton.  She has been featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning America as the author of eight books, the most recent, "Live Like You're Blessed."  She lives in New York with her husband, Ronald, and their two sons.


Availability:  nationwide via telephone; to major U.S. cities with appropriate lead time for television and radio.