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Hillary Clinton encourages Methodist women to practice social gospel

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged a gathering of Methodist women in Louisville to turn their faith into action, but offered no clues as to whether a run for the White House could be in her future.

It was billed as a non-political speech, but Clinton did talk of how her faith has has driven her public policy priorities.

Clinton was literally preaching to the choir. The lifelong Methodist got a rousing welcome from 7,000 attending the United Methodist Women's Assembly.

The former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady; and perhaps future presidential candidate spoke of how the church helped shape her worldview.

"I always cherished the Methodist church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but the great obligation of social gospel," she said.

Clinton said that social gospel, putting faith into action, is more important now than ever; pointing to Bible story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.

"So, like the disciples of Jesus, we cannot look away. We cannot let those in need fend for themselves and live with ourselves. 'You feed them,' he said. Feed them, rescue them, heal them, love them," Clinton told the crowd.

While the speech was more personal than presidential, Clinton did touch some hot-button issues.

"Women can drive economic recovery and growth. They can lift up themselves, their families and countries if we ensure equal pay for equal work, if we raise the minimum wage, if we give parents flexibility on the job and paid family leave," she said.

It was a message many here would love for Clinton to take the Oval Office.

"I hope she runs. We need a woman to straighten things out," said one attendee.

"It is time for a change, and she would be a welcome change as being a female, the first female in the White House," said another.

Following the speech, many of these women followed Clinton's call to action, taking part in a march and rally for economic justice in West Louisville.

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