VIDEO: 100 faith leaders united against white nationalism

On Wednesday, 100 Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, and Buddhist faith leaders came together in the aftermath of the Poway synagogue shooting to share a prayer with America.

We rise as one.
We mourn with one voice those lost.
We grieve the white nationalism that threatens us all.

Watch the powerful video featuring Rabbi Sharon Brous, Sister Simone Campbell, Valarie Kaur, Rev. angel Kyodo williams and more. Then share it with your networks to help spread this prayer of solidarity and resilience.


The #ManyVoicesOnePrayer action was made possible by a wide coalition
of groups and leaders of all faiths, supported by Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

The prayer is a demonstration of solidarity in the face of shootings and attacks on targeted communities — at synagogues and mosques, temples and Black churches, schools and sacred sites. We will not be divided as we fight the white nationalists who seek to erase us all.

And while the prayer was flooding social media, Bend the Arc’s Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block penned a forceful op-ed in the Capital Hill’s newspaper, sharing why and how we must stop the deadly spread of white nationalism.

Read the article in The Hill here — “White Nationalism can’t be ‘normalized’ if we want to stop massacres.’

Addressed directly to lawmakers, the op-ed asks, “How many more people must die at the hands of followers of this toxic ideology before we as a society resolve to take concrete action?”

Some members of Congress shared the message that the threat must be taken seriously:

The antisemitic shooting in Poway is part of a rise in white nationalist attacks on communities and places of worship across the country. Our struggles for liberation are connected — the shooter who took the life of Lori Gilbert-Kaye (z”l) also claimed responsibility for arson at a nearby mosque.

We are responding this week in solidarity, in prayer, and in calls to action. It’s not too late to get involved. We’re asking our community to carry forward the #ManyVoicesOnePrayer action by bringing our collective prayer to your community or house of worship this weekend. You can find the prayer and more instructions here.

Use the hashtag #ManyVoicesOnePrayer when you upload your video to social media so we can share it far and wide.

We are honored for any action you take with us, and we will watch every video.

Together, let us be truth-tellers, let us be healers, let us rise as one.

In solidarity,

The Bend the Arc team

 

Our prayer for America:

Listen, America.
Out of many voices,
We rise as one.
We mourn with one voice those lost.
We grieve the white nationalism that threatens us all.
We the people of many faiths shall join together;
With prayer anchored to action and linked to the hope of a country
Rising out of the many to become ONE.
We have been created so that we may know one another.
Let us be healers of the wound that history has formed
Truth tellers of our nation’s sins.
Let us be healers of the wound our present is forming
Truth tellers of the unholy alliance of
Hate and power
Married to pain and alienation.
Let us be healers of the wound our future cannot afford
Truth tellers of tragedy, but never prophets of despair.
We pray.
We kneel.
We bow.
We dance.
And, By God we rise
As One.

 

Watch and share the video here.