A Statement of Response to January 6 from Members of the Wayland Interfaith Leaders Association

To our Community,

Yesterday our national democratic institutions suffered an attack as insurgents breached the Capitol and disturbed the work of Congress as they certified the presidential election. As religious leaders, we are deeply grieved by this injury to the norms of democracy and the fear experienced by all those who felt themselves at risk of harm. We also mourn the loss of life as a consequence of the chaos.

We denounce this violence and disregard for the rule of law enshrined in the Constitution. While we may disagree with particular policies and actions of government, we acknowledge this Congress and the incoming President and Vice President as duly elected and support a peaceful transition of power.

In the coming days and weeks, we pray for peace and pledge ourselves to doing what we may to promote truth and justice in this nation for all its people.

In solidarity,

Janot Mendler de Suarez, Baha’is of Wayland
Rev. Rebecca Cho, Community United Methodist
Rabbi Louis Polisson, Congregation Or Atid
Rev. Dr. Stephanie May, First Parish in Wayland
Alex Jensen, First Parish in Wayland
Fr. David O’Leary, Good Shepherd Parish
Amer Syed, Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
Malik Khan, Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
Pastor Jeff Johnson, Peace Lutheran Church
Rabbi Danny Burkeman, Temple Shir Tikva
Rabbi Jordana Schuster Battis, Temple Shir Tikva
Cantor Hollis Schachner, Temple Shir Tikva
Rabbi Katy Z. Allen, Ma’yan Tikvah