Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued the following statement today:
I am saddened by the news of Senator Edward Kennedy’s passing and express my condolences to the Kennedy family.
Our country has lost a great leader who tirelessly defended the basic rights of all Americans and stood on the side of those people who were most vulnerable. He devoted his decades-long career in the U.S. Senate to advancing the causes of economic justice, immigration reform, and universal health care.
His dedication to making government more just and compassionate has been an inspiration to Americans of many faith traditions. Senator Kennedy had a gift for reaching out to religious people and lifting up our shared commitment to equality and the betterment of humanity.
We can honor Senator Kennedy by carrying forward his legacy of working on behalf of those who are marginalized in this country. We must—and we will—continue advocating for the living wage, immigration reform, and health care for all. By giving our resources and commitment to the causes of fairness and equality, we move toward realizing the American dream to which Kennedy dedicated his years of public service.
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Shelby Meyerhoff, Public Witness Specialist
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