In late 2018, members of the Good Neighbors Capitol Hill Refugee Re-Settlement Project felt compelled to issue a Statement of Unity and Solidarity. We aim to affirm our faith traditions’ shared values and speak out against divisiveness, bigotry, and hate. We seek to focus on what unites us and enlist other faith communities and individuals to endorse these words as well. We are encouraged by the growing number of individuals and congregations who have joined with us. We welcome both individuals and faith communities to support our Statement. If you or your congregation wish to become part of our effort, or have questions, please contact email@example.com.
This statement is below and was published in the Hill Rag in January 2019.
Interfaith Statement of Unity and Solidarity
As members of the religious congregations listed below, we stand together in spirit, word and deed to welcome and embrace all of God’s children, regardless of their citizenship or how they choose—or do not choose—to worship. We welcome and stand in solidarity with refugees from around the world. We commit to creating a safe environment in which all people, irrespective of race, nationality, religion, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or any other attribute, can live, love, and freely realize their full human potential.
We unequivocally condemn hatred and bigotry. We stand against any action that mocks, defames, or commits violence against our brothers and sisters. We wish to speak out in the face of attacks by forces that represent injustice, intolerance, and division.
We affirm our commitment to a nation and world where all can live in harmony with each other. Our congregations have and will continue to work together to support this core value and to vigorously oppose discriminatory measures at the local, national, and global level.
Our communities remain a bastion of acceptance, generosity, and compassion. We affirm and work to practice love and care for all of God’s children—all people on earth without regard to faith or other attributes. We are determined to strengthen these values and stand together against any action that weakens them.
Signatory Congregations and Individuals
- Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community of Greater Washington
- B’nai Israel
- Calvary Episcopal Church
- Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
- Capitol Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
- Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
- Christ Church-Washington Parish
- Hill Havurah
- Kehila Chadasha
- Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington
- Kagyu Drupgyu Chodzong
- Lutheran Church of the Reformation
- Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
- Raj Khalsa Gurdwara
- Shirat HaNefesh
- St. Marks Episcopal Church
- St. Monica’s and St. James Episcopal
- St. Peters Roman Catholic Church
- The Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad
- Washington City Church of the Brethren