Working in a consensus model, [the United Church of Christ] Committee 12 recommended that [UCC] General Synod 28 adopt the resolution "On Actions of Hostility Against Islam and the Muslim Community" submitted by Wider Church Ministries.
Committee members universally supported the direction of the resolution and its call to the church to declare its "clear support for neighbors in the Muslim community," in response to highly visible anti-Muslim statements and actions in the United States over the last year.
Delegates and visitors to the committee deliberations told story after story, both about anti-Muslim activities in their home regions and actions taken by UCC churches in response. Matt Davis of La Crosse, Wisc., said the resolution is very timely for his community. A local Muslim congregation has been growing, and looks now to purchase land to build a mosque.
"We can already feel stirrings against it," he said. With Davis' encouragement, the committee added language to the resolution calling for documentation and publicity of actions taken "in support of Muslims and people of other faiths." (More)