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Aug 06, 2012

The message below went out on Monday, August 6, 2012 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.


“As we move forward in the weeks and months ahead, we must do more than express compassion. We must reflect on what conditions make repeated acts of deranged violence possible and take action. The killings we keep witnessing in America are symptoms of a culture that is too tolerant of hatred and too reluctant to restrict access to deadly weapons.”

–UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, in a statement about the tragic murders this weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin

When I was fourteen, my Unitarian Universalist youth group and I traveled to the neighboring town of Oak Creek, Wisconsin to visit a Sikh temple. Yesterday, I was horrified to learn that six of these community members who welcomed a group of rowdy UU teenagers with open arms were murdered. Never could I have ever imagined that something so violent and hateful could happen a mere fifteen miles from my childhood home. The gunman has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center and others as a “frustrated neo-Nazi” and white supremacist.

Will you join us in creating an outpouring of love for the Sikh community? Click here to send words of prayer, compassion, and love to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

As a born-and-raised Unitarian Universalist, the news of this tragedy evokes memories of July 2008, when the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, was attacked by a lone gunman with hate in his heart, killing two. The impact was felt by UUs the world over. The astonishing outpouring of support that the Knoxville UU community received from their broader community paved the way for the creation of our campaign for love and justice.

In the wake of this tragedy that strikes so close to home, let us reach out to our Sikh neighbors in compassion and love, welcome them into our hearts and our prayers, and show solidarity with a community that has been so brutally attacked.

Please join us in sending love and compassion to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Click here to send your message today.

In faith & love,

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Meredith Lukow
Program Assistant
Standing on the Side of Love

58 Responses to “Send Love to the Sikh Community”

  1. Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen says:

    To the Sikh community in the greater Milwaukee area:
    I was so saddened to learn of the tragedy at your gurdwara/temple, especially since the high-school students from my church would visit there every 4 years. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years, and have always been received graciously, and I have often been asked to address the gathered assembly to give greetings from Unitarian Universalists in Racine. Also, some of your Racine members once gave the sermon for a Sunday service we did, honoring Guru Nanak’s birthday.
    I send you love and warmth, and I know a number of our church members and friends will be donating to the memorial fund that has been set up to help the families of the injured. We will do our best to work for peace and understanding in our communities, so that something like this will be less likely to happen again.
    Again, my condolences and heart-felt love.
    Sat Sri Akal,
    Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen, Pastor
    Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church
    625 College Avenue
    Racine, Wisconsin

  2. Karen Hermansen says:

    I was very saddened to hear of the vicious attack on the members of your temple and of the losses you have had to endure because of hate and ignorance. I hope and pray there will be a day when everyone will believe that we are all God’s children.

    My deepest sympathy,

  3. Spencer Humphrey says:

    To the Sikh community of Wisconsin,
    This tragic, hateful act has taken loved ones and left trauma and loss in its wake. I hope that you know how deeply your loss is felt across the country and the world and how closely so many of us hold you in our hearts. We can not change yesterday, but we can walk into today with love and our own shared awareness of our interconnected lives and beings. May today and tomorrow be peaceful and bring healing to you all.
    Spencer Humphrey
    Member, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Pasadena CA

  4. I am sharing your sorrow and wishing you peace. If it would help with your fear, please know we had a shooting in one of our churches too for similar reasons. You are not alone. May we all move to nonviolence. May the love that comes your way be healing. Amen.

  5. Andrew Twaddle says:

    What a sad event for your community, and ours. We send you thoughts of healing and support. May love prevail.

  6. Mark Lewis says:

    As we stand in solidarity with the Sikh members of our congregation, I would like to personally extend my hope for peace and solace to those who suffered loss or injury in the vicious attacks in Milwaukee.
    It is my belief that we can work to halt these senseless attacks and the intolerance that begets them.

    Mark Lewis
    President, San Juan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Farmington, New Mexico

  7. Rev. Will McGarvey says:

    We in the Interfaith community of Contra Costa County (east bay) of California, share your grief and join your prayers for peace.

  8. Carla says:

    I am so saddened by this tragedy. My heart and healing prayers are with your community at this time.

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