Angry, frustrated and in pain, we stand with America’s Black community.
As an organization whose core principle is “Love Thy Neighbor” – and for us that means EVERY neighbor – CCIU condemns the systemic racism that led to the inhumane treatment and murder of George Floyd and incalculable members of the Black community.
We recognize that condemnation is just the first step to address the painful inequities and deep division in America. Specific actions must follow.
We also recognize that our work to promote interreligious understanding is undermined if we fail to confront the persistent and awful reality of racism.
We commit to being self-reflective and vigilant in living our values, and pledge to pursue the following steps immediately:
Loving our neighbors is an imperative that we cannot ignore. Beginning today, we need to be relentless in the pursuit of sustained, radical love until every one of our neighbors enjoys the basic rights and freedoms so many of us take for granted.
We promote understanding and respect for all religious traditions through continuing dialogue and interaction among participants of all religions.
We act against religious bigotry and ignorance by bringing together people of different faiths and traditions to learn more about – and stand up for – one another.
And we invite you to join us.
The Connecticut Committee for Interreligious Understanding welcomes the increasing religious diversity in our society. We recognize the need for dialogue and interaction among participants of all religions in order to promote mutual respect.