Statement in Light of Violence in Charlottesville

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.”

“The Preamble of URI’s Charter calls us to action in moments such as these,” said URI Executive Director the Rev. Victor Kazanjian. “May we as people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and Indigenous traditions throughout the world unite to confront the politics of hate wherever it may appear and work tirelessly to promote cultures of peace, justice and healing throughout the world.”

In this difficult time, we are grateful  to people across the country and world who are upholding and acting on these values. And we encourage communities around the United States to continue to provide places for nonviolent gatherings to actively build cultures of peace, justice, and healing for all people.

The following URI Cooperation Circles and Affiliates have also released statements:

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