Universalists offer support for Muslims

Letter to the Editor of the SJ-R Friday, September 10, 2010

On behalf of the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Springfield, we wish to extend our full support to our neighbors and friends within the Islamic community. We further offer our best wishes to you as you celebrate the end of Ramadan.

As a religious community, we are appalled by recent events across the nation that have sought to marginalize your community and demonize your religious tradition.

We condemn any violence directed toward our Muslim brothers and sisters; we further condemn the desecration or destruction of the Quran. Finally, we support the effort currently under way to establish a new Islamic community center in New York City.

It is our great hope that unlimited acts of good faith planted by people from the many religious traditions will eventually supplant the finite seeds sown by others through ignorance and hatred.

We do not doubt that such a goal will require much effort but we are confident in our eventual shared success: to paraphrase the Rev. Theodore Parker, a 19th century Unitarian minister who toiled for social justice, “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We share his faith, and we trust that by acting justly towards one another, with loving mercy, and walking together, we may all further the blessings of Creation.

Kurt DeWeese, president of the Board of Directors
Rev. Martin E. Woulfe, minister,
Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Springfield

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