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Urge Churches of Christ Colleges to Reject Islamophobia

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Current and former students of Abilene Christian University, Faulkner University, Freed-Hardeman University, Harding University, Lipscomb University, Lubbock Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University, Rochester College, Southwestern Christian College, York College, and the many additional post-secondary institutions of higher education affiliated with the Churches of Christ are united in our rejection of the degraded public debate about the status of our Muslim neighbors. We collectively deplore any call for restrictions on Muslim immigration, suggestion that we register Muslim citizens, encouragement of violence against Muslims, or equation of Islam with violence. Such statements and the vengeful sentiments they reflect are unworthy of our shared spiritual and intellectual heritage; they violate the moral limits of political discourse.

Since no denominational body exists to articulate policy on behalf of the congregations of the Churches of Christ, it is incumbent on leadership in individual churches and in the various colleges and ministries of the church to coordinate with one another in creative ways to express the shared concerns of the congregations. We therefore implore colleges to collaborate with nearby churches and mosques to determine the most appropriate and useful local expressions of solidarity we can extend to our Muslim neighbors. 

We ask that churches pave the way for this collaboration by publicly committing to a day of prayer and solidarity this Sunday, December 13, incorporating into the normal order of worship prayers for forgiveness and peace, as well as expressions of gratitude for our Muslim neighbors.

We ask that our colleges pray similarly on or before this Friday, December 11, in whatever corporate devotional setting is most appropriate, such as chapel services or staff meetings.

We ask that the faculty, staff, and administration of these colleges follow on prayer by working together to make a joint statement of prayerful concern and intent to initiate new plans to partner meaningfully with Muslims to serve our communities together in the things that make for peace.

We ask that you draw on the expertise of staff in your own offices of intercultural diversity and inclusion to coordinate these efforts, such as ACU's Center for Building Community; Lipscomb’s Office of Intercultural Development; and Pepperdine’s University Diversity Council.

In these requests we are not asking anyone to commit to expressions of love for our enemies. We are instead seeking to act in accordance with a principle just as basic: love your neighbor as yourself. Because Muslims here and around the world are, precisely and concretely, our beloved neighbors.

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