June 5, 2020

 

Dear Interfaith Community,

No one deserves to die the way George Floyd did. His death and many more add to our recent history of racial violence and trauma resulting from egregious behavior of police officers who are supposed to protect and serve diverse communities. This shocking crime has quickly echoed around the country as a painful reminder that a person’s race still determines how they will be treated in different aspects of American life. Fifty-seven years ago, Dr. King dreamed of a day when all children would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.  We must see each other as equally deserving of life, liberty, respect, and the presumption of innocence in order to realize that dream. As Americans, we must do better at combating and undoing the impact of institutionalized racism in our communities. As faith leaders, we have a duty to uphold the fundamental teaching of loving our neighbors irrespective of color, creed, or economic background. 

 

 

As an organization, serving diverse communities and committed to reducing the hatred and fear among people of different religions, we stand firmly against all forms of prejudice and bigotry. Our work starts with having important conversations within our own households and communities, to engage in critical self-reflection and work towards betterment of the larger community. We must learn to get rid of any implicit biases we may have by asking each other hard questions and listening carefully to the answers.

 

We envision a world of unconditional love, equality, and liberty with justly distributed power. Thus, we call upon all faith leaders to continue being a force of love to help transform fear into compassion and anger into positive action and we call upon all faith communities to reject racism and stand together in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters. 

In faith,

Sophia Said,

Executive Director

 

Jerry Adams,

Hon. Annabelle Imber Tuck,

Rev. Susan Sims Smith,

Rev. Britt Skarda,

Helen Porter,

Dora Jane Flesher,

Dr. Sara Tariq

Members, Board of Directors