A Call to Faith Leaders

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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

Reverend , National City Christian Church
Rev. Dr. , United Church of Christ
Reverend , Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. Dr. , Christ Congregational Church, UCC
Rev. Dr. , Disciples Center for Public Witness
Conference Minister , Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. , Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. , Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Arizona retired
Rabbi , Temple Beth Zion, Brookline, MA
Pastor
Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom , Conference Minister UCC South Central
Reverend , United Community Church, United Church of Christ
Rev. , United Church of Christ
Reverend , Disciples Christian Church, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Pastor , All Souls Bethlehem Church
Rev. Dr. Edward J. Morris Sr. , Parkway Gardens Christian Church
Rev. , Disciples of Christ
Pastor , United Methodist Church
Reverend , Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Elder Emily Rose, M.Div. , Community of Christ
The Rev. Canon , Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral Seattle, WA
Ordained elder , Community of Christ
Pastor , Dreams and Visions Baltimore, ELCA
Rabbi , Bnai Keshet
Minister , RHW Consulting

Endorsing Institutions

Activist Theology Project
All Souls Bethlehem Church
Central Square Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
Disciples of Christ
First Church Berkeley UCC
First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo
First Congregational Church of Salem, United Church of Christ
Mayflower Congregational UCC
Michigan Conference, UCC
Parkway Gardens Christian Church
People's United Church of Christ
RHW Consulting
Shalom United Church of Christ New Haven CT
St. Marks Episcopal Church Capitol Hill DC
The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church of St. Margaret
Trinity Church Wall Street
UCC
Unitarian Universalist Association
Unitarian Universalist Association
United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ of La Mesa
United Community Church, United Church of Christ
University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Urban Village Church