Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA), issued the following statement:
As we approach September 11, Americans everywhere prepare to honor the memories of those lost in the tragic events of this day nine years ago. We honor those victims best by reaffirming our opposition to terrorism in all its forms and recommitting to the ideals of freedom and justice that are at the heart of the American experience.
But out of pain, fear, or cynicism, there are some among us who feel compelled to act with intolerance and violence toward our Muslim brothers and sisters. Unitarian Universalists are called to denounce all such acts of bigotry. We are called to defend our inherent right to worship as we choose, and to honor the rich history of America’s multicultural communities. We are called to stand on the side of love.
On September 10, 11, and 12, Unitarian Universalists across the country will devote services to topics of religious freedom and tolerance. I encourage every person of conscience to speak up for diversity and freedom, no matter what your faith, and to join with us in standing on the side of love.
To find or organize an event in your community, visit Standing on the Side of Love.