“Yesterday’s executive order targeting refugees and Muslims is an affront to the core values of the United States. Our country has always been a beacon of liberty, and we should not now close our doors to people fleeing violence, hate, oppression, or persecution. All of the world’s major religions affirm the moral imperative to welcome the stranger. Unitarian Universalist congregations welcome individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. I mourn with all of those whose hopes of a better future have been dashed due to the actions of President Trump.” -The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association
She [Karen Van Fossan] has three recommendations for UUs everywhere who want to join the fight to protect the sacred lands and water rights of the Standing Rock Sioux.
- Raise awareness of the struggle among UUs wherever you are.
- Encourage UUs to travel to Standing Rock, if they can, to bear witness and take the story back home.
- Build solidarity at home—wherever home is for you—and organize actions to stop the pipeline.
Remember that no matter how small your voice may be, it is still a voice.
In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando I have a few words. To the members of the LGBTQI community, those who are my friends and family and those who barely know and those who I do not know. Please know that you are loved. There are people who are saying and doing terrible things, but they do not speak for all of us.
YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE WANTED. YOU ARE SUPPORTED.
Do not use this tragedy to hide yourself. Do not let these mean people take away your light. I and many others are here for you and we will stand and fight for you. We love you. We do not want you to crawl back into closets or worse options. We want you to be full of pride. We want you to be full of life. We want you to have the chance to live an authentic life.
YOU ARE LOVED. KNOW that if you know nothing else today.
Here is the official UUA Statement from our President Rev. Peter Morales https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/orlando-mass-shooting-uua-president-offers-prayers-victims-community
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The horrific terrorist attacks in France fill all good people with the deepest sadness. May we all rededicate ourselves to waging peace based on compassion and respect. Hatred must not triumph. – Rev. Peter Morales
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with Paris at this time.
Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families.
The Rev. Peter Morales is the eighth president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). He was elected in June 2013 to a second four-year term.