April 13, 2017
As a body of Unitarian Universalist ministers and religious professionals, we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe in the power of community, and we believe that it is the diversity of our communities which makes America great.
We, the Colorado Unitarian Universalist Faith Leaders Council for Racial Justice, are united in resistance to any attempt by this administration to discriminate against anyone based on their ethnicity, nationality, place of birth, immigration status, religious belief, disabilities, sexual orientation or gender identity.
We remain united in solidarity with faith groups, including Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities, both nationally and locally, against the harassment, vandalism, and violence which they have faced in recent months.
We oppose the current travel ban, and we will continue to oppose any attempt to bar entry to the United States based upon religious beliefs or nation of origin. Furthermore, we believe that the very idea of a Muslim registry is not only morally reprehensible, but unconstitutional and beneath the dignity of our nation.
We denounce any attempt by the administration to deport undocumented members of our communities, many of whom have been here for years as productive members of society supporting their families. We are appalled by the willingness of this administration to rip families apart, and we will support all efforts to provide sanctuary to those in need. We call upon this administration to choose compassion, to establish a path to citizenship, and to put an end to mass deportations.
We therefore declare our prayerful and active resistance against any encroachments upon the life, liberty, and dignity of all. It matters not where we are born, what we believe, or who and how we choose to love.
All souls are sacred; there are no exceptions.
Keith Arnold, minister of music, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden
Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, Denver
Rev. Eric Banner, associate minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden
Eric Bliss, Unitarian Universalist Association Regional Youth Ministry Specialist
Rev. Beckett Coppola, Boulder
Emily Conger, intern minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden
Rev. Kelly Dignan, minister, Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, minister, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lafayette
Rev. Gretchen Haley, senior minister, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins
Rev. Jann Halloran, minister, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker
John Hubert, music director, First Universalist Church, Denver
Rev. Laurel Liefert, minister, Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Loveland
Rev. Dana Lightsey, minister, High Plains Church Unitarian Universalist, Colorado Springs
Rev. Julia McKay, minister, Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, Littleton
Rev. Mike Morran, senior minister, First Unitarian Society of Denver
Elizabeth Mount, intern minister, First Universalist Church, Denver
Scott Mulder, seminarian, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker
Rev. Ruth Rinehart, assistant minister, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lafayette
Rev. Nori Rost, All Souls Unitarian Church, Colorado Springs
Rev. Jeannie Shero, senior minister, First Universalist Church, Denver
Rev. Nadine Swahnberg, community minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden
Rev. Wendy Williams, senior minister, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden
Rev. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, community minister, First Unitarian Society of Denver
Contact: Rev. Jann Halloran, firstname.lastname@example.org