All Lives Are Precious and Irreplaceable

July 8, 2016

All lives are precious and irreplaceable. Now is the time for us to work together on implicit bias, poverty, education for all our children, income inequality, safety and security for all -- on all the issues which keep us from moving ahead as a strong, democratic society with equal rights for all. Violence is not the way. 

"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness - only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate - only love can do that." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While there is much that divides us, we share our communities and deep sense of decency. The San Francisco Interfaith Council, its Board and its members implore our sisters and brothers everywhere to shine the light of love and condemn the darkness of hate. We ask faith leaders everywhere to raise their voices against violence, preach messages of peace and redouble efforts on issues that will bring true equality. 

We pray for healing, we pray for hope and we pray for the sanctity of life.

G.L. Hodge, Chair
San Francisco Interfaith Council
For further information, please contact Rita Semel at (415) 474-1321