Local Responses to Troubled Times

We do live in troubled times.  NAIN would like to share some of our local responses.  Here are two from the “Midwest Coast”.  Please send comments about your local efforts to newsATnain.org.

Toledo, OH

The United Muslim Association of Toledo, supported by the MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio, the Interfaith Peace Coalition, members of First Unitarian Church, and the local Friends and others held a Peace Rally at Government Center on December 4.  The Mayor, members of City Council, the Lucas County Commissioners, and various clergy spoke out against Islamophobia, Islamic extremism, and for peace.

Two statements were published in solidarity with our local diverse religious population.  The MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio published a statement for the community:

“The MultiFaith Council of NW Ohio Stands in Solidarity with all Faith Perspectives
Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims [and Sikhs who are mistaken as Muslim] are on the rise in our nation. Some media and politicians want to prey on misguided fear and propose to limit the freedom of our Muslim brothers and sisters. This is clearly against our founding American principles of religious freedom.”  Read more.

The Center for Religious Understanding at the University of Toledo published a statement “Standing in Solidarity with Muslims at the University of Toledo”.  See statement.  They are inviting people to show support for the statement by liking and sharing it.

On December 17, pastors from northwest Ohio, including members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance led by the group’s president, the Rev. Cedric Brock, joined the United Muslim Association of Toledo to criticize national political candidates’ words of division about immigration, religion, and security.  Read more.

Metropolitan Detroit

Meredith Skowronski, who was one of the leaders of our Detroit NAINConnect sent this response.  In response to the fear that is circling our society today, the InterFaith Leadership Council is kicking off a campaign to make 2016- A Year of Faith and Peace. As a part of this initiative we have written a statement of solidarity confirming our support for religious freedom.  We hope to circulate this document throughout local congregations in the metro area and garner as many signatures and as much support as we can.
Below is a link to the statement and the e-signature lines- please share this with your networks, congregations and friends as we all work together to take a stand against the fear and work to promote interfaith understanding.
Thank you all!! Meredith
[P. S.  I signed.  Perhaps you would like to join Detroit by signing.]


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