Statement of solidarity [In Response to recent events in Florida]
The Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica stands together against violence and hatred. In the days following the largest mass shooting in the United States, we seek to offer support to the family and friends of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people who were targeted by a heavily armed gunman in Orlando, Fl. This is time to reaffirm our belief that hatred and violence are not legitimate aspects of any religious teaching.
Last week gunmen attacked a restaurant in Tel Aviv killing 4 citizens of Israel. Bombs in Damascus this weekend took dozens of lives. Local Jewish leaders have experienced cyber bullying and hate mail because of their identity. People claim that they are killing in the name of their religious beliefs.
Identity based hate and fear are not religious beliefs. As community leaders of many faiths in the Greater Utica area, we stand united against bigotry, fear, hatred and violence. When one person is attacked because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are all diminished.
We want to be certain that if anyone is feeling afraid that they may be targeted because of who they are, we will defend you. We will support your right to dignity, safety and freedom. Check out our website at interfaithutica.org and let us know how we can support you.
We are planning a candle light vigil on Sunday June 19 at 5 pm at the Unitarian Church on Higby Road in Utica. This will be an opportunity to come together as a community to stand against fear and hate.
Rev. Jill Farnham-Us
Rev. Jeanne Kumbalek
Rev. Jeff McArn
Rev. Robert Umidi
Prof. S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Rev. Eve Stevens
Please Note we hold our monthly Interfaith Luncheons on the 1st Wednesday of each month. You can block it out on your calendar every First Wednesday – rain or shine 11:30 – 1:00 and sites are posted below.
Next Luncheon Wednesday July 6th @ St. Anthony’s/St. Agnes Catholic Church
A Few Memories from recent Luncheon Experiences
Listed Below Are Future ICGU Luncheon Sites
April 6 – Veteran’s Outreach Center Vincent Scalise, Executive Director
May 4 WERC – Women’s Employment Resource Center
June 1 St. Anthony’s/St. Agnes Catholic Church – Father Mark Kaminski, Pastor
July 6 Samaritan Counseling Center – Picnic on the lawn[back up at 1st Presbyterian]
August 3 – Parkway Center
September 7 – Court Street Mosque
St Louis Gonzaga –tentative October 5 Open Date – check back