It is with deep sadness and deep concern that we view the violence, conflict, and acts of cowardice and terrorism of recent days in Charlottesville, Virginia. People of any faith, or of no faith at all, should be troubled by the increase of intolerance in both words and actions that we see everywhere. We denounce racism and terrorism in all its ugly forms and believe it to be evil.

We believe and affirm the image of God (Imago Dei) is in all created beings and seek to call out that greatness in everyone. We will continue our work to speak out for, advocate for, and empower those who are marginalized and whose voices are silenced or ignored.

We commit to being learners and listeners, as well as being the best allies we can be to PoC, LGBTQ+ community, the disabled, those who suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders, and anyone who struggles to find an equitable sense of power and agency in this world.