Rev. Jacqui & Rabbi Stephanie delivered your signature in NYC

  |December 24, 2015

This morning I was part of a multifaith mishpucha (family) in NYC that delivered our letter of support for the Muslim American community, and it was beautiful.

Here is a snapshot in Tweets:

I am struggling with words to describe this incredible experience. Here’s what our President Rev. Katherine Henderson wrote –

Dear friends,

I bring you tidings of great joy!

This morning — Christmas Eve and the Prophet Muhammed’s birthday — a group of multifaith leaders, friends, and families delivered a letter of love and solidarity to members of the New York City Muslim community, written by the Auburn Senior Fellows and signed by over 24,000 people of faith and moral conscience.

Gathering at the Muslim Community Network (MCN) in Manhattan, we experienced a beautiful, hope-filled moment of light breaking through this era of fear.

Standing with MCN President Debbie Altmontaser and Muslim leaders from across the city, the group was led by Auburn Senior Fellows Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis and Rabbi Stephanie Kolin in sharing their vision of hope for the world, singing Civil Rights songs, and offering a multifaith promise of solidarity.

This is just one of many deliveries happening across the country to local mosques and Muslim community centers — and even on TV! (Don’t miss Rev. Jacqui Lewis delivering the letter on her show, Just Faith, to Sahar Alsahlani of the Executive Council of Religions for Peace at the 5:36 mark.)

In a world torn apart by violence and hateful rhetoric, Auburn is dedicated to deepening our partnership with courageous faith leaders who are willing to join hands across the multifaith movement in the spirit of love.

As you gather over the coming week with family and friends to celebrate a New Year, I pray that these examples of faith and love in action will inspire you in our work to build a future where, in the words of our fellows: “Racism, hate, and violence are relics of the past, where differences are celebrated, and our children inherit our joy.”

With gratitude and hope,
The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson
President, Auburn Seminary

P.S. It’s not too late to add your name to pledge your support of our Muslim brothers and sisters. And if you’re interested in organizing your own letter delivery, click here for details.


It has been a truly inspiring day, and you help make it possible.

Wishing you every happiness,