A local faith community condemns political violence

Rev. Elizabeth Mount, minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa. Photo: Church website

Political violence at the U.S. Capitol and warnings of more of the same nationwide prompted The HawkEye to seek perspectives of local faith and moral leaders. Several were solicited. Today, The HawkEye publishes the perspective of the Rev. Elizabeth Mount, minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, on behalf of the church board and the congregation.

By Rev. Elizabeth Mount

INDIANA — As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Therefore, we, the congregation of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa., must unequivocally condemn the invasion of our U.S. Capitol by armed terrorists.

We denounce any and all attempts to delay certification or to overturn the results of a democratic election. We witness and we condemn the choices in police response which allowed white supremacists to commit acts of domestic terrorism against our government without significant impediment.

As UUA President Susan Frederick Grey has said, “As Unitarian Universalists, it is important to remember that our commitment to democracy is not just political or moral, it is fundamentally theological. It grows from our affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the Universalist understanding that we are all part of one creation, interconnected. These theological values of human dignity and interdependence are why we know everyone needs a voice in the matters that affect their lives.”

We are prepared to join in collective, moral, faithful action to defend our democracy. We call on all of our country’s leaders and institutions to do the same, and we support all elected officials of all parties who work toward a world in which regular free and fair elections with honest and respected results are normal and unremarkable.

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The Reverend Elizabeth Mount is minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa.

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