The faith leaders of South Baltimore stand against all forms of hatred and discrimination. We believe the cultural, ethnic, religious and racial diversity represented in our neighborhood and city is a gift from God and a blessing to be celebrated.
All people are made in the image of God. The KKK and other hate groups which deny this truth stand in direct opposition to the love and respect for humanity our scriptures clearly call us to (“Riverside residents find KKK flyers dropped outside homes in South Baltimore,” Oct. 8).
We join City Councilman Eric Costello in giving thanks that many neighbors have publicly rejected this display of hate and blatant attempt to incite fear in our community.
We commit to the ongoing work of dismantling white supremacy, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms. We commit to partnering with neighborhood organizations to ensure that Baltimore and our neighborhood continues to be a vibrant, safe and welcoming community for all.
The Rev. Lauren Muratore, Salem Lutheran Church; the Rev. Susan Tjornehoj, Christ Lutheran Church; Vicar Luke Warner, Christ Lutheran Church; the Rev. Patrick Ballard, Christ Lutheran Church; the Rev. William Gohl Jr., Bishop Delaware-Maryland Synod, ELCA; the Rev. Tim Hughes Williams, Light Street Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Patrick M. Carrion, Catholic Community of South Baltimore; the Rev. Elliott Robertson, Martini Lutheran; the Rev. Lowell Thompson, retired from Saints Stephen and James Lutheran Church; the Rev. Timothy Kroh, the Episcopal Church of the Advent