Good morning everybody,

Last night a picture came through on my Facebook feed showing that one of our Grand Junction neighbors woke up to realize that their  garage had been vandalized with horribly explicitly racist words and the words "kkk was here."

If we combine this action along with the kkk flyers that were dispersed in the Redlands in February I am very concerned that this type of hate is getting a larger voice in the valley.

I would like to write a letter or make a statement that as faith communities we stand united against this type of behavior.

My hope is that we will get the majority of ministers and faith communities in the valley to sign the letter. I think a strong united voice is very needed at this moment in time. 

If you would be interested in helping me word the letter or are willing to sign please let me know. I have included a very preliminary sample of what I hope the letter might look like, but absolutely welcome the insights and wise wordsmithing from my colleagues. 

Rev. Wendy Jones
Minister Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley

Last February the Grand Junction community was greeted with news that the KKK was distributing “Valentine’s Flyers” of hate here in Grand Junction. Today we wake up to the news that one of our neighbors has had their home targeted with messages of hate filled racist rhetoric. As a faith community we stand together to say that we will not allow hate to have the final world in our town.
In many of our churches and places of worship we talk about welcome and the inherent worth & dignity of every person and we teach our children about the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part. 

We now stand united to say to our neighbors of color, you are not invisible. You are not alone. We see you. We stand with you and we will protect you.

We find it extremely disheartening and sad that in the year 2017 this is even a statement that we must make.

But, since it has come to this, let us be very clear. The KKK is NOT WELCOME HERE! We will counter your hate with love. We will meet your bigotry with acceptance, and we will counter your divisive rhetoric with our own songs of inclusion. 

The Grand Junction Faith Community

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