Building Community Requires Building Peace Together:
A Statement of the Religious Leaders Forum
We the members of the Religious Leaders Forum have come together to say in one clear, moral voice that the entire region, which collectively our faiths represent, must join with one another to build a community of peace and compassion.
Hate and violence not only harm particular lives but they are destructive of the bonds of good will that hold our community together. They undermine the hope and faith necessary to build community.
We are all in this together. And so we say that it is the responsibility of all of us to work together, in fact to redouble our efforts, to strengthen the bonds of friendship and to meet the challenges hand-in-hand. We call on all people in our region to demonstrate our love for one another, to stem the violence in its many forms, so that metropolitan Detroit will thrive and be known far and wide as a region remarkable for its exceptional peace and goodwill toward all.
We ask all the people in our community, not only to raise their voices in prayer, but to also do the hard work that building community and living in peace together demands.
Click here to read statements of solidarity from our religious leaders in metro Detroit.
Rt. Rev. Wendell Gibbs, Jr – Bishop Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Bishop Edgar Vann – Second Ebenezer Church
Most Reverend Allen Vigneron – Archbishop, Archdiocese of Detroit
Rabbi Harold Loss – Temple Israel
Rev. CL Glass, Pastor Lawrence Glass, President of the Council of Baptist Pastors Detroit and Vicinity, El Bethel Baptist Church
Rev. Deedee Coleman – First VP Council Baptist Pastors, Russell Street Baptist
Imam Steve Elturk, Co-chair of Imams Council MMCC, president IONA
Reverend Roger Mohr, Unitarian Universalist and Humanist, First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit
Bishop Donald Kreiss, Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. George Shalhoub, St. Mary’s Antiochan Basilica
Rev. Allen Timm, Executive Presbyter, Presbyterian Church USA
Rev. James Holley, Historic Little Rock Baptist Church
Imam Sayed Hassan Qazwini, Islamic Center of America
President Theodore Parsons, Bloomfield Hills Stake, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Rabbi Michael Moskowitz, Immediate Past President Michigan Board of Rabbis, Congregation Shir Shalom
Rev Dr. Dan Krichbaum, Methodist, President Citizens Research Council