From the United Church of Christ newsletter:
UCC Clergy support California’s ‘Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month’
August 08, 2016
Written by Connie Larkman
United Church of Christ congregations and clergy in California are celebrating the Golden State’s bold show of support for their Muslim neighbors, as the California State Assembly has declared August 2016 as Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month.
“I’m really impressed with the California State Assembly resolution,” said the Rev. Diane Weible, conference minister of the Northern California, Nevada Conference United Church of Christ. “For me, it goes along with what I believe the church should be—a people of faith who join together to speak out and walk with those who are being attacked or oppressed.”
House Resolution 59, which quickly passed with bipartisan support on Aug. 1, is a visible witness against Islamophobia in a state that is home to 240 mosques, more than any other state in the country.
“As a third-generation Californian, I have long been proud of my state’s diversity and inclusiveness,” said the Rev. Elizabeth Griswold, pastor, Parkside Community Church UCC, Sacramento. “We need to continue to lead the way and set the example for the rest of the country about how to live in appreciation of one another.”
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