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Open Letter Against Racism and Hatred

Dear Friends and Family in the Communities of Northern California and Northern Nevada,

We, as Christians, unequivocally condemn and deplore racist acts and the promotion of hatred based on perceived racial markers. People of Asian descent are essential members of our community, human beings of inherent dignity and worth.

Fear and hatred have no place in responding to a global health crisis. We call on all people of faith and goodwill to join us in publicly condemning language and actions that single out any group of people for discrimination. Our scriptures teach us that every single person is connected to all the rest of creation as members of one body, and that no part of the body can dispense with any other part. In this time of fear and anxiety especially, we stand united against hate perpetrated towards our siblings who are of Asian descent, and other ethnicities that are perceived to be of Asian descent.

Further, we particularly name, recognize, and appreciate those people of Asian descent who fight against prejudice and fear in order to provide care and essential services for our communities and families. By signing this letter, we commit to being “upstanders,” speaking up and out for all victims of hate speech and racist acts.  We invite all who read this letter to join us in this important work.

The Rev. Dr. Diane Weible, Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ 

The Rev. Davena L. Jones, Associate Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ 

The Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones, Associate Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ 

Susan Hamilton, SJH College and Career Coaching

The Rev. Warren Dale, First Church Redwood City, UCC

Margaret Cross, Congregational Church of Belmont

Barbara Regan

The Rev. Rene StammKirk, Senior Minister, Community Congregational Church UCC, Benicia

Ursula Jorgensen, Congregational Church of Belmont

The Rev. Dr. LaTaunya M. Bynum, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada

Jake Yan Lan, Chinese Congregational Church of San Francisco, UCC

The Rev. Kristi Denham

The Rev. Tautalaaso Faaleava, First Samoan Congregational Church in San Francisco, UCC

Kate Luce

Elizabeth Nordt

Zion Lee, Senior Services Coordinator, Albany Senior Center

The Rev. Roger Straw

Judith Brooke

The Rev. David Gaewski, Conference Minister, New York Conference of the United Church of Christ

The Rev. Kacey Alexander, Pastor, Trinity Congregational Church UCC, Weaverville

Bonnie Harvey

The Rev. Dr. Martha A. Williams, Interim Pastor, Congregational Church of Almaden Valley, UCC

Paula Miller

Barbara Cook

Glenda Lamb

Shirley Lin Kinoshita, NAPAD CCNCN Planning Team Chair

The Rev. Garnet Cooper McClure, retired UCC minister, Petaluma

The Rev. Stephen Lee

The Rev. Elizabeth Robinson, Orinda Community Church UCC

Judith Moore

Myrdell Dybdal, Community Presbyterian Church, Pittsburg

Kim Williams, First Congregational Church of Fresno, UCC

Faith Burgess, San Carlos Community UCC

Douglas Leich, Danville Congregational Church, UCC

The Rev. Dr. Mary Susan Gast, Conference Minister Emerita, Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ

Andrew Tang

Christina Umhofer, President, The Umhofer Group

The Rev. Ruth Schweitzer-Mordecai, MFT

Carla Sillin, Woodside Road United Methodist Church

The Rev. Fred Weidmann, Hillcrest Church UCC, Pleasant Hill

The Rev. Kyung-Min Daniel Lee, Associate Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada

Arthur Zingher, Synagogue Kol Emeth, Palo Alto

The Rev. Stephen Glauz-Todrank, retired UCC minister

The Rev. Carolyn Glauz-Todrank

The Rev. Phil Porter, City of Refuge UCC, Oakland

Nicholas Piediscalzi, Peace UCC, Santa Cruz

The Rev. Cherie Marckx, Pastor

The Rev. Denise Leopold, Parkside Community UCC, Sacramento

The Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Bridge Conference Minister, Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ

The Rev. Diana Renner Noyes, Hospice of Humboldt

The Rev. Winston Gould, retired

The Rev. David Long-Higgins, Transitional Conference Minister, Heartland Conference of the United Church of Christ

Elizabeth Lanej

The Rev. Bonnie Bates, Conference Minister, Penn Northeast Conference of the United Church of Christ

Joy Barnitz, Niles Discovery Church, Fremont and Tri-City Interfaith Council

Laurel Przybylski

Mei Wang, Congregational Community Church of Sunnyvale, UCC

James Ross, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Ripon, UCC

The Rev. Deborah Lee, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

Peter Wilson

Richard Ober, Elk Grove United Church of Christ

The Rev. Carole G. Geim, Squaw Valley UCC

The Rev. Nancy McKay, spiritual director

Barbara Hamm, Minister of Music, Community Congregational UCC, Benicia

The Rev. Bonnie Rambob

The Rev. Rebecca Schroeder

Moses Park

The Rev. Wilma J. Reichard

The Rev. Kit Novotny

The Rev. Kathryn Schreiber, Lead Pastor, Berkeley Chinese Community Church, UCC

Moira Darone, Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries, First Congregational Church of Alameda, UCC

The Rev. Thomas Dipko, Retired Executive Minister, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries

The Rev. Robert Howell

Sara Fread, First Church UCC Berkeley

Patricia Simmons, Grace Community Church UCC, North Fork

Kristina Burnett, United Church of Hayward UCC

The Rev. Arlene Nehring, Senior Minister, Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward

Carolyn Zeljak

The Rev. Thomas Crosby

Donna Fisher, Grace Community Church UCC, North Fork

The Rev. William Schroeder, retired

Shirley Schroeder

Lauren Jewett, Program Director and Interfaith Organizer, Youth Spirit Artworks

The Rev. Chuck Kelsey, Pastor, St. John’s UCC, San Francisco

The Rev. Naomi Schulz, Pastor, Campbell UCC, Campbell

The Rev. Michael Dack

Ronald Fujiyoshi

Darlene Hamady, Berkeley Chinese Community Church UCC

Cheryl Coleman Jones, Skyline UCC, Oakland

Hermann Chu, Chinese Congregational Church UCC, San Francisco

Kae Riklon, Sacramento Marshallese Ministry

Cynthia Cornell

Patsy Finster, First Congregational Church of Fresno, UCC

The Rev. Phil Konz

The Rev. Dr. F. Russell Baker, retired

The Rev. Beverly Brook, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

Dick Hom, Moderator, Pacific Islander & Asian American Ministries, United Church of Christ, and member of Chinese Congregational Church UCC, San Francisco

Carolyn Hedgecock

The Rev. Dr. Tom Gough, First Congregational Church of San Jose, UCC

The Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor, San Lorenzo Community Church, UCC

Barbara Colliander, Grace Community Church UCC, North Fork

The Rev. Will McGarvey, Pastor, East County Shared Ministry, Pittsburg

Paul Michel

The Rev. Ruth Sandberg

The Rev. Tami Groves, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of San Francisco, UCC

The Rev. Bill Eichhorn

The Rev. Ann Eichhorn

Carol McDermott

The Rev. Charlotte Asher

The Rev. William Pifer-Foote, Interim Pastor, First Congregational Church of Stockton, UCC

The Rev. Melissa Tumaneng

The Rev. Carol Barriger, Skyland Community Church UCC, Los Gatos

The Rev. Elizabeth Mitchell Clement, Interim Pastor, Congregational Church of Belmont UCC

The Rev. Niels Teunis

The Rev. Dr. Katherine Lambertson

Mary Richardson

The Rev. Elizabeth Griswold, Co-Pastor, Parkside Community Church, UCC

Elaine Palmer, First Congregational Church of Antioch, UCC

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Altman, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC

The Rev. Diane Ryder

Adrienne Wong Hull

Alan Stivers, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, UCC

The Rev. Sally Train

The Rev. Penny V. Phillips, First Congregational Church of San Jose, UCC

The Rev. Casey Tinnin, Pastor, Loomis Basin Congregational Church UCC

The Rev. Rhina Ramos, Ministerio Latino, Oakland

Marilyn Michelon, United Church of Cloverdale UCC

The Rev. Mary P. Conant, Little Brown Church UCC, Sunol

Josefina Gabuya

The REv. Ann Lougee

Anne Swanson

The Rev. Wendy Peters

The Rev. Sophia DeWitt, Program Director, East Bay Housing Organizations

Ken Tipton, First Congregational Church of San Francisco, UCC

The Rev. Damien J. Lake, Interim Minister, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

The Rev. Joellynn Monahan, SPiritual Director, theSpiralWay.org

Kathie Fosgett, Executive Director, First Church of Redwood City UCC

Susan S. Ward

The Rev. Jane Grady, Pastor, La Selva Beach Community Church UCC

The Rev. Dr. Benhamin J. Broadbent, Lead Minister, Community Church of Sebastopol, UCC

Richard Brabham

Jeanne Strauss, LMFT

The Rev. Laura Rose, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Alameda, UCC

The Rev. Christy Ramage, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Antioch, UCC

The Rev. Annette Cook, Pastor, San Lorenzo Community Church UCC

The Rev. Melissa Munger McBride

The Rev. Dr. Melinda V. McLain, The Good Table UCC, El Cerrito, CA

Lorna Hill, St. John’s UCC, San Francisco

Barbara Broadbent, Peace United Church of Christ, Santa Cruz

The Rev. Kevin Omi, Interim Minister, Skyland Community Church UCC, Los Gatos

The Rev. Judith Huston, retired

The Rev. Molly Baskette, Senior Minister, First Church Berkeley, UCC

The Rev. Frank J. Beltran

Eppie Encabo, Moderator, Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ

Gerry Brague

The Rev. Pepper Swanson, Associate Minister, Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward

Keith Howard, Congregational Church of Belmont UCC

The Rev. Patricia C. Wood, Mountain Neighbors Heling Neighbors

Nancy Taylor, Skyline Community Church UCC, Oakland

Jennie Fong, Chinese Congregational Church UCC, San Francisco

Emma Fuji

The Rev. Dr. Norman Broadbent, retired, First Congregational Church of Fresno UCC

The Rev. Bonnie Hollinger, Pastor, First Congregational Church of Murphys UCC

The Rev. Carol J. Manahan, Minister, Community Church of Mill Valley

The Rev. Roberto Ochoa, Associate for Congregations of Color, United Church of Christ National Setting

The Rev. Dr. Hilary Marckx, Pastor, Geyserville Christian Church

The Rev. Sharon MacArhut, retired

Jean Golden

Dawn Grace Renshaw

John & Diane Hawes

The Rev. Dr. Robert McGrath

The Rev. Barbara Barkley, Pastor, Clayton Valley Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Rick Yramategui, Minister, Carmel Valley Community Chapel

The Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner, Pastor, United Japanese Christian Church, Clovis

Mary Westfall, Transitional Presbyter, Presbytery of Sacramento

Theron Jones, Pilgrim Community Church UCC, San Francisco

Sandy Baldwin, Congregational Church of Almaden Valley UCC, San Jose

Taston Hezskia, Sacramento Marshallese Ministry

Franzetta Houston, City of Refuge UCC, Oakland

Margaret Smullin

Carole Stivers, First Congregational Church of Palo Alto UCC

The Rev. Rachel Knuth, Associate Minister, Community Church of Sebastopol UCC

The Rev. Brenda Loreman, Associate Pastor, Niles Discovery Church, Fremont

The Rev. Susan Parsley, Forest Hill Christian Church, San Francisco

The Rev. Anne Hoffmann, First Congregational Church of Santa Rosa UCC

Ursula McClure, City of Refuge UCC, Oakland

The Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, Senior Pastor, Niles Discovery Church, Fremont

The Rev. Melanie Weiner

The Rev. Benjamin S. Bigney

Judith Norberg

The Rev. Jeanne Loveless, Minister & Teacher, United Church of Hayward UCC

The Rev. David H. Brown

Marilyn Baisel, First Congregational Church of Murphys UCC

Paul Schierenberg, Parkside Community Church UCC, Sacramento

The Rev. Barry Cammer, Healthy Path Counseling

Tricia Wong, Berkeley Chinese Community Church UCC

The Rev. Sheryl Johnson, Congregational Church of San Mateo UCC

The Rev. Eric Sherlock, Senior Pastor, Danville Congregational Church UCC

Lea Mavroudis, Congregational Church of Belmont UCC

The Rev. Evelyn Vigil, Associate Pastor, Congregational Community Church of Sunnyvale UCC

Alan N. McLarty

Rachel Kau-Taylor

Kevin Manz

Bonnie Brewer

The Rev. Debra Newcomb

Carla Gerber, Congregational Church of Almaden Valley UCC, San Jose

Phyllis Chai, Congregational Church of Almaden Valley UCC, San Jose

The Rev. S. Kay Wellington, Plymouth Congregational Church UCC, Oakland

(Add your own signature here. Each day’s new signatories updated afternoons, Monday through Friday.)

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