As the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington, a historic religious tradition with a commitment to justice, I write to let it be known that we are ready if a white nationalist rally is held in our beloved city.
We are ready, as Unitarian Universalists, to witness to love and justice for all people. We are ready to stand with our black, LGBT, Muslim, immigrant, disabled and “othered” siblings through the coming storm.
We are ready to hold vigil and peacefully counter-protest the voices of hatred and bigotry. We are ready to call out to our Unitarian Universalist siblings across the state and beyond and be of service to the oppressed, the downtrodden and the suffering.
We are ready. Though we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people in our faith tradition, we do not affirm beliefs and actions that sow hatred, discord and further division in our already great nation.
So, let them come. Let those who would attempt to quiet the voices of justice come to our city and be met with peace, with love and with the resounding rebuke: Our America is an America for all people.
The Rev. Brian Chenowith