As the clergy and leaders of diverse faith traditions across Chattanooga:
We weep with our Jewish brothers and sisters, of the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh and beyond, as they mourn this assault on their community, and we stand in support of our local Jewish sisters and brothers.
We pray for all Jewish communities who continue to worship and serve in our communities in the face of fear and hate.
We recognize that prayer is also a call to action, and so we commit ourselves to bear witness to this tragedy, to proclaim the love of God, and stand firm with those who are at risk.
We urge all persons of faith and those of good will to express heartfelt messages of hope and support to their sisters and brothers in local Jewish congregations and communities and to act in a manner which respects the dignity of every human being.
We repent on behalf of our faith traditions who have actively created or passively allowed anti-Semitic violence throughout the centuries.
We renounce violence and any acts of terror seeking to drain the pure human spirit of God's creation.
We renounce rhetoric which is used to divide God's creation, and so we call upon our religious, political, and community leaders to hold one another accountable, seek unity and speak with civility.
We pray for those who have chosen hate and cannot see the sacredness of each individual created in the image of the divine, may they feel your presence God and experience your love.
Dr. Tom Bagley, church entrepreneur, Syndeo Communities, PCUSA
Rev. V. Thomas Banks
Rev. Laura Becker, Northminster Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jocelyn Bell, retired Episcopal priest
Rev. April Berends, Grace Episcopal Church
Rev. Claire Brown, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Rev. Mac Brown, Church of the Good Shepherd
Rev. Suzanne Burch, deacon, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Rev. Margaret M. Caldwell
Rev. Ken Carroll, pastor, The Rock Metropolitan Community Church
Rev. Robert Childers, rector, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Rev. Alaina Cobb, Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center
Right Reverend Brian Lee Cole, bishop of the Episcopal Church in East Tennessee
Pastor Jeff P. Crim, Ascension Lutheran Church
Iris DeLaPaz, director of religious education, The Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga
Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas, director of Hope House at UTC
Rev. Taylor W. Dinsmore
Rev. Jason Emerson, rector, Episcopal Church of the Nativity
Rev. Dr. Charles Ensminger, Harrison United Methodist Church
Very Rev. Ward B. Ewing, retired president of The General Theological Seminary
Rev. Brandon Gilvin, senior minister, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Rev. David R. Hackett, Episcopal Church
Rev. Derrick C. Hill, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
Elder Lionel K. Hodges, Renaissance Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jonathan Hyde, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
JaMichael D. Jordan, The Village Church
Rev. Carol Howard Merritt, pastor, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Bassam Issa, co-founder of the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga
The Rev. Leyla K. King, Thankful Memorial Episcopal Church
Rabbi Craig Lewis, Mizpah Congregation
Rev. Charles Neal, minister emeritus, First-Centenary United Methodist Church
Rev. Quinn Parman, St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Rev. Louisa T. Parsons
Dr Paul Rader, Northside Presbyterian Church
Rev. Janice Robbins
Rev. John R. Rouser
Rev. Christopher A. Smith, Trinity Lutheran Church
Rev. John Talbird, retired Episcopal priest
Rabbi Susan Tendler, Congregation B'nai Zion
Rev. Dr. Clay Thomas, Rivermont Presbyterian Church
Dr. E. Jonathan Thomas, pastor of World Restoration Center Church
UUCC Social Justice Committee, Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga
Rev. Ann G. Weeks, Episcopal deacon
Rev. Brad Whitaker, rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Carlos D. Williams, senior pastor, Orchard Knob Baptist Church
Rev. Scott Williamson, senior pastor, Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC
Rev. Joseph R. Woodfin, associate rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Rev. Candace A. Worth, New Hope Presbyterian Church