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Love our Neighbors in a Time of Pandemic

Original post made by Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman, East Palo Alto, on Apr 1, 2020

As a follower of the way of Jesus, I unequivocally condemn and deplore racist acts and the promotion of hatred based on perceived racial markers. People of Asian descent are essential members of our community, human beings of inherent dignity and worth.

Fear and hatred have no place in responding to a global health crisis. I call on all people of faith and goodwill to join in publicly condemning language and actions that single out any group of people for discrimination. Christian scriptures teach us that every single person is connected to all the rest of creation as members of one body, and that no part of the body can dispense with any other part. Especially in this time of fear and anxiety, it important for all of us to stand against hate perpetrated towards our siblings who are of Asian descent, and other ethnicities that are perceived to be of Asian descent.

Further, it is important that we name, recognize, and appreciate those people of Asian descent who themselves are working to provide care and essential services for our communities and families. I invite all who read this letter to join in appreciation and love for our neighbors, all of our neighbors.

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman, Associate Pastor
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC

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