The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the rise of anti-Semitic acts nationwide:
“Over the past several months we have witnessed a deeply disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, including the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery, bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers, and an increase in hate speech. On behalf of the Unitarian Universalist Association, I strongly condemn these vile acts of hatred and bigotry.
I have been in direct communication with my friend and interfaith colleague Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, to express my concern and to offer the full support of the UUA in combating anti-Semitism. I encourage UU congregations and leaders to reach out to their Jewish neighbors and partners to offer their support as well. All leaders—religious and secular—must speak out to condemn acts of hate and bigotry. When one faith community is threatened, we are all threatened.
Anti-Semitism thrives in a climate of fear and ignorance. We must be vigilant and compassionate during these troubling times. Unitarian Universalists remain committed to the ongoing struggle to recognize and affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person.”