Over 150 Tennessee religious leaders stand in solidarity with refugees and undocumented immigrants; call on faith communities to resist Trump’s executive orders

As leaders of religious and spiritual communities in mid-Tennessee, we call upon all people in our state to stand with resolve in solidarity with refugees and undocumented immigrants who have come to this country in hope for new life and freedom. We denounce the untenable, immoral, and hate-filled executive orders proposed and signed by President Trump directed at immigrants and refugees who have come to America full of hope, but are now filled with new fear and facing new danger. We resist and refuse to abide by orders that bring harm, invoke fear and prejudice, and threaten to divide families and communities through imposed bigotry, enforced violence, and hateful xenophobia.
As people of faith from many traditions, we are united in our commitment to do all in our power to follow the sacred texts, teachings, and intentions of our traditions that call upon us to welcome the stranger, love our neighbors, and assist any who are uprooted and threatened by discriminatory hatred. In each of our traditions, wisdom teaches us that all human beings are bound together in deep and holy ways, and that we are created to be in sacred solidarity with the oppressed and disenfranchised. Their plight must be our own. There is no peace for any, until there is peace for all. Our shared futures and hopes are inextricably woven together.
Therefore we call to action all people of faith, spirit, and conscience, elected representatives, community leaders, and congregants of all religious and spiritual communities in Nashville and beyond to see and honor the sacred in the refugee and undocumented immigrant. And further, we call all people to resist, and where possible, collectively work to rescind all executive orders and administrative proposals that endanger the bodies, minds, and spirits of those who seek with deep intention to find new life in this country and to live with us as neighbors and friends.

Rev. Dr. Pamela Hawkins, Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church

Rabbi Arthur S. Rutberg, B’nai Sholom Congregation, Bristol

Imam Ahmedulhadi Sharif, Islamic Center of Tennessee

Dr. Richard Hughes, All Saints Church of Christ

Rev. James Cole, Antioch United Methodist Church

Rev. Jennifer Bailey, Greater Bethel A.M.E Church

Dr. Fatima Nawaz, Islamic Center of Nashville

Dr. Ossama Bahloul, Islamic Center of Nashville

Rev. Dr. Ryan L. Hansen, Blakemore Church of the Nazarene

Rev. Dr. Amy Mears, Glendale Baptist Church

The Rev. Richard Britton, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Nancy Hawthorne Parker, West End United Methodist Church/Vanderbilt Wesley Fellowship

Rev. Melissa Greene, GRACEPOINTE Church

Rev. Ken Edwards, Belmont United Methodist Church

Aisha Lbhalla, Muslim Women’s Council

Rev. Dr. Mary Louise McCullough, Second Presbyterian Church

Rev. John Hill, Blakemore United Methodist Church

Rev. Brandon Gilvin, First Christian Church, Chattanooga

Mary Murphy, St Augustine’s Chapel

Claire Brown, St. Augustine’s Chapel

Claire Davidson Frederick, Lipscomb University/All Saints Church of Christ

Dr. Mallory Wyckoff, Lipscomb University

Christy Jo Harber, Eastwood Christian Church

Rev. Mike Wilson, Downtown Presbyterian Church

Presbyter Justin Gung, Presbytery of Middle Tennessee, PCUSA

Lee C. Camp, Lipscomb University

Rev. Carlos Uroza, First Hispanic United Methodist Church of Nashville

Rev. Dr. Mark Forrester, Vanderbilt University Office of Chaplain/Religious Life

Rev. John Feldhacker, Edgehill United Methodist Church

Rev. Stephen Handy, McKendree United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Joerg Rieger, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Melissa Snarr, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Graham Reside, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Ben Saunders, Second Presbyterian Church

Sophia Agtarap, The Village United Methodist Church

Dr. Richard Goode, Lipscomb University

Rev. Dr. Jim Hughes, Belle Meade United Methodist Church

Rev. Matthew L. Kelley, Christ United Methodist Church

Rev. Ingrid McIntyre, Glencliff United Methodist Church

Dr. Daniel Patte, Emeritus, Vanderbilt

Micky ScottBey Jones, Faith Matters Network

Kelly Blankenship, Lipscomb University

Dr. Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Denise Gyauch

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Caldwell, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Ellen T. Armour, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Harriet Tubman House

Rev. Mark Miller-McLemore, Disciples Divinity House/Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Autumn Dennis, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Lillian H. Lammers, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Viki Matson, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Dr. John S. McClure, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Beth A. Richardson, Edgehill United Methodist Church/Lipscomb University

Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas, Hope House-UKirk at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele

Rev. Gail S. Seavey, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville

Dave McNeely, Carson-Newman University

Rev. Dr. Peter van Eys, Crievewood United Methodist Church

Rev. Heather Harriss, Belmont United Methodist Church

Rev. Robert B. Coleman, Executive Director, Community Care Fellowship

Rev. Jin Kim, Belmont United Methodist Church

Deaconess Elizabeth Shadbolt, Open Table Nashville

Rev. Laura Becker, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga

Dr. Peter Gathje, Memphis Theological Seminary

Emily Baird-Chrisohon, Charlotte-Fagan United Methodist Church

Rev. Alex Jackson, Barth Vernon United Methodist Church

Teresa Kim Pecinovsky, Second Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Neelley Hicks, 61st Avenue United Methodist Church

Caleb Gendron, All Saints Church of Christ

Erin Guzmán, Scarritt Bennett Center

Rev. Dr. Daniel Rosemergy, Interfaith Alliance

Rev. Nick Baird-Chrisohon, Charlotte-Fagan United Methodist Church

Ashley Gendron, All Saints Church of Christ

Margaret Anne Ernst, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Daniel Lyvers, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Tyler Coles, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Catherine Jaskey, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Austin Dey, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Cassia Noelle Kisshauer, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Angela Dillon, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Kelsey Davis, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dawn Bennett, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Anita Peebles, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Luther Young, Jr., Vanderbilt Divinity School

Lauren Plummer, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Evan Bunch, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Scot Robinson, Vanderbilt Divinity School

John Culbertson, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Joseph Sheeran, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Mary Early-Zald, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Dr. Donna Krupkin Whitney, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Jo Kay, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Jessica Moore-Lucas, First Unitarian Church of Nashville

M. Drew Bongiovanni, Glendale Baptist Church

Robert Jackson, Lipscomb University

Rev. Jonathan Redding, Glendale Baptist Church/Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Jay Voorhees, City Road Chapel United Methodist Church

Carly Kendrick, Lipscomb University, Ethos Church, All Saints Church of Christ

Dr. James B. Angus, Jr., GraceWay Church of Christ

Merrilee Wineinger, Edgehill United Methodist Church

Rev. April Baker, Glendale Baptist Church

Mr. Daoud Abudiab, Faith & Culture Center

Dr. David Linge, St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville

Rev. RJ Powell, St. James Episcopal Church, Knoxville

Rev. Sean Stanfield, Thrive Ministry

Joaquin Garcia, The United Methodist Church, Tennessee Conference

Barbara P Garcia, The United Methodist Church, Tennessee Conference

Patricia Bellingrath, Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville

Rev. David N Spencer, Williamsport United Methodist Church

Rev. David M. Lay, Lawrenceburg 1st United Methodist Church

Rev. Allison Gossett, Brentwood United Methodist Church

Mike Engle, Belmont United Methodist Church

Rev. Jim Bailes, Holston Conference United Methodist Church

Rev. Emily Reeves Grammer, City Road Chapel United Methodist Church

Dr. Ed Trimmer, Fresh Start Ministries, Columbia, TN

Rev. Dr. Diana L Hynson, Edgehill UMC/ Balt-Wash Conference of United Methodist Church

Rev. Carol Cavin-Dillon, Christ United Methodist Church

Jim Sessions, United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Michael Williams, West End United Methodist Church

Rev. Lisa Gwock, West End United Methodist Church

John Gill, Church of the Savior, United Church of Christ, Knoxville

Tallu Schuyler Quinn, The Nashville Food Project

Rev. Stephanie Baxter Dunn, Calvary United Methodist Church

Rev. Shelby Lucas Slowey, Brentwood United Methodist Church

Rev. Adam Kelchner, Kingston Springs United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. LeNoir Culberson, United Methodist Church

Rev. Sherry Cothran, United Methodist Church

Rev. Shirley Renee Franklin, United Methodist Church

Josh Riedel, Belmont University

Rev. Dr. Janet Wolf, Children’s Defense Fund, United Methodist

Kathryn Spry, Hillcrest United Methodist

Rev. Vicki Tucker Burgess, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

Gerald and Susan Kirksey, Belmont United Methodist Church

Rev. Kelli X, The Village Church (PCUSA)

Dr. Emily Askew, Lexington Theological Seminary

Rev. Ann Cover, South End United Methodist Church

Rev. Stephanie Dodge, Crievewood United Methodist Church

Juan Reyes

Yulitsa Reyes

Mrs. Laurie McNeece, Madisonville FUMC Holston Conference

Mr. Dave Daniels, Edgehill UMC/Tennessee Conference of United Methodist Church

Bishop Melvin Talbert, United Methodist Church

Kyle Frohock, Dalewood United Methodist Church

Rev. David Ssebulime, Brentwood United Methodist Church

Mr. Herman Lawson, Rehoboth United Methodist Church

Rev. Debra Tyree, Bellevue United Methodist Church

Rev. Dave McIntyre, Retired, TN United Methodist Church

Rev. Erica Allen, Grace United Methodist Church

Rev. Chris Allen, West End United Methodist Church

Keller Hawkins, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Rev. Cherie Parker, Hillcrest United Methodist Church

Will Acuff

Rev Jacob Armstrong, Providence United Methodist Church

Jim Frost, Spiritual Director

Deen Thompson, Edgehill United Methodist Church

Rev. Jay Hartley, Eastwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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