Following the recent mass shooting at the Synagogue in Pittsburgh, members of Quad Cities Interfaith wish to extend our compassion toward, and solidarity with, our beloved Jewish neighbors in the Quad Cities and across the country. As an organization dedicated to bringing together persons of diverse faiths, in the name of social justice and the building of a better world for people and planet, we condemn this act of violence born of religious bigotry. To our Jewish friends and neighbors, we stand with you, as you have stood for those we mourned in Charleston, South Carolina, and elsewhere; as the Jewish community has consistently stood up against bigotry, racism, and violence in all its forms.
We will not be divided. There are not “good people on both sides.” There are those of us committed to fostering a spirit of tolerance for religious and racial diversity. And there are those who wish to spread misinformation and foster violence. We are a people of many faiths, many backgrounds, and many belief systems. And we stand for our Jewish brothers and sisters, as we stand for all victims of gun violence, and religious and racial bigotry. We stand united. We stand for tolerance, acceptance, and love.
Quad Cities Interfaith Executive Committee Members:
Marcy Doyle, President, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Quad Cities
Reverend Rich Hendricks, Secretary, Metropolitan Christian Church of the Quad Cities
Joe Heinrich, Treasurer, Sacred Heart Cathedral
Pastor Jay Wolin, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Quad Cities
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith, Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Clinton
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