Aug 14 2017

Statement in light of violence in Charlottesville from URI’s North American Regional Coordinator

We are heartbroken about the events that unfolded last weekend in Charlottesville and subsequent events being planned around the country. We stand against the ideology and harmful actions of white supremacy. We stand against any and all acts of violence.

In the United Religions Initiative community, we believe there is a better way. We stand firmly in our organizational Charter, which is affirmed by nearly 100 members organizations across the U.S., and hundreds more around the world. Today, we reaffirm the values contained in this document, which include a commitment to “practice healing and reconciliation to resolve conflict without resorting to violence,” to “welcome the gift of diversity and model practices that do not discriminate” and to “use our combined resources only for nonviolent, compassionate action, to awaken to our deepest truths, and to manifest love and justice among all life in our Earth community.”


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