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RESOLUTION
MAY 2, 2000

Whereas, our common Scriptures proclaim, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind," and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," and

Whereas, the shootings which occurred at the Hebrew day care center in California shocked us and should be a wake-up call for all people of faith to denounce anti-Semitism: and

Whereas, Anti-Semitism has been deeply embedded in our culture for 2,000 years; and

Whereas, Anti-Semitism violates God's call to love our neighbors as ourselves; and

Whereas, we have been called to:

a) broaden our understanding of the diversities that have become reality in our society;
b) overcome the fears of difference that divide us;
c) learn new ways to work together toward the reign of God which we all desire.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we the members of St. Gregory Roman Catholic Church, the United Jewish Center and the First Congregational Church of Danbury, CT. do recognize the sin of anti-Semitism and denounce it, knowing that we are all beloved children of God, called to love one another as we love ourselves.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we shall endeavor to create a Rapid Response Network to notify its congregations by e-mail and fax if there is a need to take action against anti-Semitism in a crisis.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we urge our ministers, priests and rabbis to speak out against anti-Semitism in all appropriate circumstances.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we endeavor to create a task force to build a website that broadens our understanding of the diversities among us and offer new ways to work together toward the reign of God.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we encourage all churches and synagogues to build relationships of mutual respect for each other through interfaith exchanges via religious education, youth and adult education programs, cooperative service projects and social interactions.

So that those who lost their lives due to prejudice, injustice, intolerance and hate will not have died in vain; all peoples must speak out against such practices. We therefore hold this to be our most moral obligation to them and their memory.


MEMBERS OF:

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH - MAY 2, 2000
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH -MAY 2, 2000
UNITED JEWISH CENTER - MAY 2, 2000
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN - JAN. 20, 2001
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY - APRIL 23, 2001
SINGING BOWL SANGA - APRIL 23, 2001