We are a Connecticut statewide interfaith gathering of
religious leaders and people of faith, joined by our belief
in the God of justice and love, who calls us "to do justice,
to love kindness and to walk humbly with God." In this time
of crisis and war, we believe that walking humbly with God
requires us to advocate and practice nonviolent love, in the
tradition of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
We recognize that we are living within a culture of violence
and that the war outside our country is intimately linked to
domestic policies that leave the marginalized ever more
vulnerable. We are committed to promoting an alternative to
this culture of violence.
We understand nonviolence as an active practice that
requires of us imagination, persistent hope, deep faith, and
compassion for both allies and adversaries. It calls us to
remember our place in the common life of the world, so that
our loyalty to our nation does not lead us to forget our
deeper allegiance to all humanity, to the well-being of our
earth, and to our God.
As religious leaders and people of faith, we gather to share
our anguish at the violence in which our country is
enmeshed, and to discern how to be prophetic and act to
promote an alternative to this culture of violence.
"Others have considered history from the point of view of power, judging its course in
terms of victory and defeat, of wealth and success. But the prophets look at history from
the point of view of justice, judging its course in terms of righteousness and corruption,
of compassion and violence... They proclaimed that might is not supreme, that the sword is an
abomination, that violence is obscene."
-Abraham Joshua Heschel