The focus of this issue is Healing Humanity. The article is “Peace Begins at Home: Interfaith Community Unites Across Differences”
The following are notes from the event Interrupting Hate Crimes Sunday held on November 5th 2017. This was a discussion that followed the Interfaith Film Festival. The festival was held at the Yardley United Methodist Church in Yardley, Pa.
Children’s Event – Haters screaming at them.
- Leave immediately
- Call 911 and FBI
- Safety for Children/ Put children in center surrounded by adults.
- Surround “haters” and chant, “NOT HERE!” and “NO! NO! NO!”
- Invite them to stay and talk.
George School Students Facing Racism.
- SAFE HOUSES: Businesses and faith houses. Visible support
- George School Administration to ask white students to walk with them.
- Educate the community.
- Pass out information.
College Campus – Hate Speech.
- Equal protest
- Non-violent communication with Pastor
- College President talk to Dept. Chairs and discuss with students what to do.
- Community Plan
- Invite them for coffee.
- Allow them – shout them down with peace.
- Stop curriculum. Read a book on racism, write essay about the reading and then discuss.
- Assemble students and have a speaker.
- Forums for students, led by faculty.
- Stand with students being targeted.
- Write letters to President
- Reach out to student groups.
The ICLB has become a member of United Religions Initiative. URI is ” is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.”
Below is a letter from Bishop Swing, their President:
As Founder and President of URI, I want to welcome you and the other members from Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks.
URI started in 1993 as a vague dream. Over the next few years, URI began to gather people from around the world, and we all became a committed and caring community. Then, after three more years of hard work, we produced the URI Charter (Preamble, Purpose and Principles). And finally on June 26, 2000, we launched. The once vague idea became a well-defined approach of linking peacemakers to local and global issues and to each other. Peacemakers who honor the spiritual dimensions of life are at work today in 102 countries and growing fast.
And now there is you!
You will never know what a cause for rejoicing comes from having you join the URI family. I, along with hundreds of others, have read about you and the focus of your work. We welcome you and applaud what you do.
If you ever want to be in touch with me, I am just an email away. Feel free to connect. Meanwhile I send warmest greetings to you and to you all.
+William E. Swing