A Call to Faith Leaders

Please read and sign on if you agree:

With an exodus of migrants headed towards The United States we have an opportunity to challenge the ways our borders are used to separate instead of welcome. This is a moment to declare that God creates all human beings with inherent dignity. We refuse to tie anyone’s humanity to the labor they produce or their place of origin. As families, communities and individuals make the heartbreaking decision to leave the place they call home, we recognize this is not just a political issue. This is a matter of faith. We must dare to ask the question, what does God see when those who seek asylum find armed forces, threats of violence from vigilantes and loathsome legal maneuvering instead? This exodus is framed as terror, called an invasion, but the terror is coming from our side. While white supremacy uses terror to uphold itself; we must choose radical peace.

Radical peace means following the lead of our siblings making their way to the border as we empower each other to take a stand. Radical peace requires that we put our bodies on the line. It reminds us God’s love transcends and tears down the walls of our borders. And so, God sends us: to accompany, receive, provide sanctuary and protect our sisters and brothers. This is our responsibility.

We call on you to stand in opposition to a present day Pharaoh who seeks to harm God’s children. Freedom calls out to us to make our way to the border, send much needed resources to a traveling and weary people, and spread a message of hope. Let us transform this exodus from violence into a secure journey of hope. People of faith, which side of history will we be on? Join us today.

Sign the Exodus Statement as a Faith Leader or Faith Institution

Signed

Rev. , First Congregational Church of Fresno, UCC
Rev. , United Church of Christ
Reverend , One Spirit Outreach Ministry
Steering & Volunteer Committee member , Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
Reverend , Olmsted UU & Oberlin UU
Rev Dr
Priest
Reverend , Park View Mennonite Church
Reverend , One Spirit
Advocate for Justice Ministries, Presbytery of New York City , Justice Ministries Committee, Presbytery of New York City
Minister
Rev. , St. Paul and St. Andrew
Reverend , Oasdis of the Heart
Rev. , Edwards Church of Northampton, MA
Retired Minister
Reverend , First Congregational Church, New London
Pastor
Reverend
Reverend
Executive Director , Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland & Northern Ohio Chapter
Interfaith Minister , One World Family
Rabbi , Kol HaNeshamah
Reverend , Midland UCC and First Presbyterian Mt. Pleasant
Rev. , First Unitarian Church, Portland, OR
Co-Founder , Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland & Northern Ohio Chapter)

Endorsing Institutions

All Souls Bethlehem Church
Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OHIO, Cleveland & Northern Ohio Chapter)
Council on American-Islamic Relations, Cleveland & Northern Ohio Chapter
Disciples of Christ
First Church Berkeley UCC
First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo
First Congregational Church of Salem, United Church of Christ
First Congregational Church, New London
Judson Memorial Church
Justice Ministries Committee, Presbytery of New York City
Michigan Conference, UCC
Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee
One Spirit
Parkway Gardens Christian Church
RHW Consulting
St. Marks Episcopal Church Capitol Hill DC
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church of St. Margaret
The First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ of La Mesa
United Community Church, United Church of Christ
University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)