Hope Border Institutejoins the Interfaith Alliance of El Paso & Southern New Mexico in remembering the victims of the recent tragedy in Orlando.
The tragic events in Orlando inspire fear, anxiety, anger and questioning in communities across the country and in our borderlands.
But in the candlelight vigil in San Jacinto Plaza, and in anguished prayers voiced in places of worship throughout El Paso and Southern New Mexico, we have seen the power of solidarity to overcome even the darkest and most confused acts of hatred.
Solidarity speaks words of life, unity and peace in the face of terror and refuses to give way to feelings of revenge, animosity and bigotry. We reject the twisted logic that would divide our communities on account of race, national origin, religion or sexual identity.
We stand in solidarity with all those overcome by pain and grief in Orlando, and we – representatives of El Paso’s and Southern New Mexico’s many faith traditions – pledge our commitment to build bridges of understanding and peace among all.
Rev. Deborah Clugy-Soto, Pastor, Revolution United Church of Christ, El Paso
Brian Mooney, Chair, El Paso/Southern New Mexico InterFaith Alliance
Msgr. Arturo J. Bañuelas, Pastor, St. Mark Catholic Church, El Paso
Dr. Nosrat Heidarian, Bahá’í Faith Community, El Paso
Sabri Agachan, Director, Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Gerard Baca, Sathya Sai Baba Center of El Paso
Ayse Aktar Bakir, Assistant Director, Raindrop Turkish House, El Paso-Las Cruces
Norma Bustillos, President, Sathya Sai Baba Center of El Paso
Bobby Kankin Byrd, Leader, Both Sides/No Sides Zen Community, El Paso
Rev. Carlos Clugy-Soto, Chaplain, CIMA Hospice, El Paso
Dylan Corbett, Executive Director, Hope Border Institute
Rev. Cemelli deAztlán, First Nations Ministry, Kalpulli Tlateca, El Paso
Pat Delgado, Pax Christi El Paso
Jennifer Fox, Director of Spiritual Direction, Grace Presbyterian Church, El Paso
Diana Do-Shin Johnson, Both Sides/No Sides Zen Community, Las Cruces
Rev. Peter Kapenga, Retired Educator, Peace Lutheran Church, El Paso
Rabbi Stephen Leon, Congregation B'nai Zion, El Paso
Rev. Neal Locke, First Presbyterian Church, El Paso
Katrina Martich, Lutheran Deaconess Association, El Paso
Rev. José A. Morales, Pastor, Holy Spirit Parish, El Paso
Rev. David Morrison, Desert Rain Community, Chaparral
Fr. Bill Morton, Columban Fathers, El Paso
Rev. Robert Mosher, Director, Columban Mission Center, El Paso
Rev. Dennis O’Mara, Columban Mission Center, El Paso
Rev. Jayne L. Ruiz, Presbyterian Pastor, El Paso
Jim Tolbert, El Paso City Council Representative, Religious Society of Friends
Rev. Stephen White, Pastor, Faith United Methodist Church, El Paso