CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Nov 6: Vote for Love
On Tuesday we vote for love! This Tuesday, November 6, 2018 we urge you to vote for candidates who are committed to speech and policy rooted in treating all human beings with dignity, and holding the sacredness of the earth in trust. We urge you to support your friends, family, communities, and neighbors to do so as well.
We invite you to sign onto our letter authored by faith leaders, to be submitted to the Star Tribune.
Dear Friends of Faith and Conscience,
We so appreciate your work to make our world more just and sustainable. We are looking for your support and presence as we come together for love, tolerance and healing. Please see this faith call to action sign-on letter below. Our goal is to publish this letter by Friday, aiming for an op-ed in the Star Tribune. Faith leaders and members are urged to sign and share by Thursday. Please Sign here and spread the word.
As members of the multifaith community, we all believe people are valued and precious. We strive to treat others the way we want to be treated. In this moment, we think especially of our Jewish family as they stagger under the weight of grief and sorrow, of the lives and legacies of compassion and service ended too soon. We join with all victims of extremism in its many forms in a pledge to give our lives fully to the quest for justice and love.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the white supremacy that emanates from the highest leadership of the US government. We now know that President Trump’s lies describing the men, women, and children of the Central American “caravan” as terrorists and thugs directly contributed to the actions of the shooter at Tree of Life Synagogue (see 1,2 below). This type of rhetoric sets off alarms in our hearts and soul. We remember our history, the stealing of Indigenous lands and the enslavement of people. We cannot stand by and listen to public proclamations that target people of color, religious minorities, and the LGTBQ community. We condemn attacks on the freedom of the press and suppression of voting rights.
The God of all faiths calls us to rise up with the most vulnerable. Our Jewish neighbors have taught us: Olam chesed yibaneh | עוֹלָם חֶסֶד יִבָנֶה | we will build this world with love. We reaffirm our covenant with all humanity to build this world with love, to call out hate and violence wherever we find it.
As we near the election this Tuesday, November 6, 2018 we urge you to vote for candidates who are committed to speech and policy rooted in treating all human beings with dignity, and holding the sacredness of the earth in trust. We urge you to support your friends, family, communities, and neighbors to do so as well.
We expect our leaders to speak with integrity, to respect all beings, to put the wellbeing of the many over the financial gain of the few. Once elected, we will hold our representatives to the highest standards, to behavior that we would be proud to model to the youngest among us. We speak these words of truth that all people may live free from hate, and live fully the life we were given.
Signed in hope,
Dr. Julia Nerbonne, Executive Director of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of Minnesota Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel, Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice
Rev. Gwin Pratt, Board Member at MNIPL and Pastor at Presbyterian Church of the Apostles
Rev. Ashley Horan, Executive Director of Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Director of Racial Justice and Pastor at Church of All Nations
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