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Statement from Interfaith Leaders

A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they are no more. ​(Jeremiah 31:15)

Rachel is not the only one weeping. The family of Ahmaud Arbury is weeping. The family of Breonna Taylor is weeping. The family of George Floyd is weeping. God is weeping.

We as religious leaders in Northeast Ohio add our cries to those who are weeping. And we know it is not enough to weep. It is incumbent to remind ourselves and those we serve that God advocates for those who have been denied, abused and betrayed. And we who follow this God are called to do the same.

We encourage peaceful gatherings and protests. We do not condone violence by those gathered nor find excusable excessive force of police powers even in this crisis. We decry desecration of houses of worship and national monuments.

We ask communities of faith to pray, examine, and act to redeem a broken society so that all humans created in the image of God will be whole and safe.

If you are interested in adding your name to this statement please ​click here.​ Include your name as comment and it will be added to the list below.

The Reverend Sharon K. Core General Presbyter Presbytery of the Western Reserve

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr. Diocesan Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

The Rt. Rev. William D. Persell Assisting Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

The Rt. Rev. Arthur B. Williams, Jr. Assisting Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Ohio

The Rev. Nayiri Karjian Living Water Association, Ohio NorthEast United Church of Christ

The Rev. Dr. Yvonne B. Carter Regional Executive Minister Cleveland Baptist Association of American Baptist Churches

The Rev. Abraham D. Allende Bishop, Northeastern Ohio Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The Rev. Joseph T. Hilinski Interfaith Director Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

Fr. Stephen J. Callos Dean, Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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