Statement in Support of Immigrants, Refugees, and Muslims

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa invited Iowa’s clergy and faith leaders to sign a joint statement in support of immigrants, refugees, and Muslims who are in our state and nation and those yet to seek refuge. Those who have signed represent many different faith traditions including Protestant denominations, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Unitarian Universalism, Buddhist, Sikh, and Hindu.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES, AND MUSLIMS

As faith leaders from across Iowa, we are committed to Love Our Neighbors both near and far. We stand with the immigrants and refugees already in this land as well as those yet to come. We walk alongside people who practice beliefs different than our own, particularly our Muslim friends and neighbors, honoring all faith traditions and protecting religious freedom, for it is the bedrock of our nation and from which all benefit.

We implore our elected officials, including President Donald Trump, and all those who share this great land to hold and respect these truths:

  • All people must be treated with the inherent worth and dignity from which they were created;
  • The greatness of this nation stands on the shoulders of those who came from many other countries often to find safety and always to make a better life. Those who have risked their lives to come to America seeking a hopeful future should be treated with compassion, respect, and welcome;
  • We as a nation, and since our inception, are committed to protecting all religious traditions and beliefs, which only strengthens the beautiful and intricate fabric of this land;
  • Civil laws must equally protect all people to be free from discrimination;
  • And, all people should benefit from the expectation of fairness and justice, regardless of immigration or refugee status, or religious beliefs.

Therefore, as faith leaders from across Iowa representing many of the traditions that make our state and nation great, and sparing neither strength nor courage, we pledge ourselves to stand and work together alongside all immigrants and refugees as well as our neighbors from every religious belief, protecting their dignity and their rights in this great state and land.

We call upon President Donald Trump to divert energy from building walls between neighbors to seeking comprehensive immigration reform, thereby ensuring families the ability to continue to reside together, holding no offense against immigrants who were brought into this country as minors, and providing a pathway to hope and citizenship for all who add to the goodness of our nation by seeking a better life and future within its borders.

In remembrance of and respect to those who experienced the Jewish Holocaust and the Japanese American internment camps, we pledge, “Never again!” We reject any policy or law that would persecute our Muslim neighbors, or those of any religious belief, or bar those who flee their homeland for a secure life in America. We embrace those who seek safety and refuge as we remember the many who have been turned away during the darkest of times in human history.

We also call upon Iowa’s municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials to honor and uphold the rich welcoming history of this state, and of Governor Robert Ray who demonstrated love of neighbor, to resist participation in immoral and unconstitutional executive actions concerning immigration enforcement.

We ask all of our elected leaders to show compassion and to extend a hand of welcome to all immigrants who seek a better life and who contribute richly to the well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.

Connie Ryan, Executive Director, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
Bishop Laurie Haller, The United Methodist Church in Iowa
The Right Reverend Alan Scarfe, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Iowa
Rev. Dr. Rich Pleva, Iowa Conference, United Church of Christ
Rev. William Spangler-Dunning, Regional Minister and President
Bishop Richard Pates, Catholic Diocese of Des Moines
Bishop Steven L. Ullestad, Northeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA
Bishop Michael L. Burk, Southeastern Iowa Synod, ELCA
Rev. Rodger Prois, Bishop, Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
Rev. Dr. Mary Newbern-Williams, Presbyter, Presbytery of Missouri River Valley
Rev. Dr. Richard O. Wyatt, Homestead Presbytery, PCUSA
Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting VIII Bishop of Iowa (retired)
Rev. Wendy K. Abrahamson Grinnell
Rev. Marsha Acord, Mt. Vernon
Pastor Kenneth H. Ahntholz, Newton
Chaplain Anne Alesch, Des Moines
Rev. Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, Des Moines
Miriam Amer, Cedar Rapids
Pastor Jay Amundson, Guthrie Center
Christine Anders, Des Moines
Rev. Ryan Arnold, Des Moines
Rev. Beth Bachman Caulfield, Ames
Pastor Philip W. Barrett, Atlantic
Rev. Canon Cathleen Bascom
Rev. Dr. Beverlee Bell, Urbandale
Pastor Bill Bernau, Johnston
Pastor Thomas H. Berryman, Muscatine
Rev. Anna Blaedel, Iowa City
Jordan Bles, Des Moines
Rev. Alice Bolen
Rev. Timothy D. Bonney, Sioux City
Rev. Tom Boomershine, DeWitt
Rev. Minna Bothwell, Des Moines
Rev. Ramona Bouzard, Waverly
Rev. Kenneth E. Briggs, Jr., Truro
Rev. Dr. Jeremy J. Brigham, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Robert L. Bromley
Rev. Candice Brown, Des Moines
Rev. Leigh Brown, Coralville
Rev. Wallace W. Bubar, Des Moines
Rev. Lydia Bucklin, Des Moines
Rev. Beverly Butler
Rev. Mary Jane Button-Harrison, Ames
Rev. Dr. Kathryn S. Campbell, Charles City
Rev. Brian Carter, Windsor Heights
Rita Carter, Windsor Heights
Phil Carver
Rev. Owen Cayton, Ankeny
Pastor Shamaine Chambers King, Windsor Heights
Pastor John Chaplin, Urbandale
Larry A. Christensen
Rev. Dick Clark, Waukee
Rev. Kathleen Clark, Des Moines
Pastor Karen Cluts, Marshalltown
Rev. Mary Cole-Duvall, West Des Moines
Rev. Milton Cole-Duvall, West Des Moines
Rev. Liz Colton, Oskaloosa
Rev. Dr. Norma Cook Everist, Dubuque
Rev. Hannah Elyse Cornthwaite
Rev. Christine Cowan, Ames
Eloise M. Cranke, Des Moines
Rev. Karen Crawford, Newton
Rev. Lynn E. Crenshaw, Des Moines
Rev. R. Jerry Crenshaw, Des Moines
Rev. Jim Dale Decorah
Rabbi Robin Damsky, Ames
Rev. McKinna Daugherty, Des Moines
Rev. J. Cephas Z. K. Davis, Ames
Rev. Meghan Davis, Newton
Rev. Katie Z. Dawson, Des Moines
Rev. Dr. Dennis Dickman, Waverly
Rev. Barb Dinnen, Des Moines
Rev. Maureen Doherty
Pastor Dwight L. DuBois, Des Moines
Rev. Elizabeth Duff-Popplewell, Cedar Falls
Rev. David C. Dunahoo, Des Moines
Rev. Karen Nichols Dungan
Rev. Mary Heron Dyer, Glenwood
Rev. Chris Ebbers
Rabbi Steven Edelman-Blank, Des Moines
Rev. Dr. Kevin Emge
Rev. Lori Erickson, Coralville
Rev. John Fairweather, Des Moines
Rev. Hannah Fisher Ryan, Burlington
Pastor Michael W. Foss, West Des Moines
Dr. Mary L. Fraser, Des Moines
Rev. Warren Frelund, Iowa Falls
Rev. Andrew Gangle, Waukee
Rev. Eileen Gebbie, Ames
Rev. Dr. Fred R. Gee, Des Moines
Rev. Patrick Genereux
Rev. Sarah L. Gengler, Schuyler, NE
Rev. Stacey Gerhart Sioux City
Rev. Erin Gingerich, Des Moines
Rev. David Glenn-Burns
Rev. Jaymee Glenn-Burns, Cedar Falls
Courtney Glienke, Des Moines
Becky Goche, Dubuque
Rev. Steven Godfrey, Des Moines
Rev. Richard Graves, Marshalltown
Rev. John Greve, Coralville
Rev. Debbie Griffin, Des Moines
Fr. Ken Gross
Rev. Chester Guinn, Des Moines
Rev. Eric Guy Des Moines
Rev. Susan Hendershot Guy
Rev. Marcus Haack, Iowa City
Rev. Dale Hanaman Rippey
Rev. Penny Hansel
Rev. Muffy Harmon, Des Moines
Rev. Rich Hendricks, Davenport
Rev. Jen Hibben, Des Moines
Pastor Cindy Hickman, West Des Moines
Rev. Dave L. Higdon, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Deb Hill-Davis, Ames
Rev. Kay Hooper, Ames
Rev. Raisin Horn, Davenport
Rev. Dr. Georgia L. Humphrey
Patricia A. Huxsol
Rev. Jonna Jensen, Baldwin
Charles Johnson, Ames
Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson
Rev. Patricia Johnson, Sioux City
Rev. Paul A. Johnson, Des Moines
Rev. Mary Johnston
Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, Waverly
Rabbi David Kaufman, Des Moines
Dema Kazkaz, Waterloo
Pastor Chuck Kelsey, Mason City
Rev. Pat Kirkland, Bettendorf
Rev. Dr. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Waverly
Rev. Canon Frederick Kramer
Rev. Barbara J. Krueger, Mechanicsville
Rev. Daniel G. Kuckuck, Urbandale
Rev. Carmen Lampe Zeitler, Des Moines
Rev. Martha E. Lang
Pastor Kayla Lange, Cresco
Jay Leaman, Mason City
Rev. Kristine Leaman, Clermont
Rev. Joshua Linman, Ankeny
Terry Lowman, Ames
Rev. Dr. Randall R. Lyle, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Dr. Sharon Mahood
Rev. Mary Beth Mardis-LeCroy, Windsor Heights
Rev. Matt Mardis-LeCroy, Des Moines
Jennifer Masada, Priest Coralville
Dr. Sam Massey, Iowa City
Rev. Sophie Mathonnet-VanderWell, Pella
Rev. Daishin McCabe, Ames
Rev. Jean McCarthy, Des Moines
Deacon Michael L. McCarthy, Des Moines
Rev. Barbara McCaulley, Mason City
Rev. Diane McClanahan, Des Moines
Rev. Kent McKusick, Ames
Rev. Russ Melby, Ames
Rev. Canon Kathleen S. Milligan, Cedar Rapids
Rev. David A. Morris, Muscatine
Rev. Dr. Craig L. Nessan, Dubuque
Rev. Liane C. Nichols, Cedar Falls
Polly Nichols Marshall, Coralville
Rev. Alison Nicoli, Ankeny
Rev. Roy Nilson, Des Moines
Rev. Gary Nims, Des Moines
Rev. Nate Nims, Waterloo
Rev. Jerry E. Oakland
Rev. Mary Jane Oakland
Rev. Patricia Adams (Ryan) Oberbillig, Des Moines
Rev. Christopher Olkiewicz, Ankeny
Pastor Beth A. Olson, Hudson
Pastor Diane Olson Schroeder, Corydon
Rev. Clark Olson-Smith, Clinton
Rev. Canon Ronald D. Osborne, Des Moines
Rev. Dr. Scott Paczkowski, Des Moines
Rev. Lisa Parker, Ankeny
Mack Patrick, Seminarian, Dubuque
Fr. David Polich, Osceola
Pastor Lynn Potter
Rev. Julia E F Poulsen, Jefferson
Rev. Thomas Prochnow, Gilbert
Rev. Glenn Rankin, Council Bluffs
Rev. Ruth Ratliff, Cedar Falls
Rev. Julia Rendon, Des Moines
Pastor Laurie Riley
Rev. Jerry E. Robertson, Lake Mills
Rev. Martha Rogers, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Dr. Sarah J. Rohret
Rev. Dr. David Russell, Ames
Rev. Susan Russell, Ames
Rev. Will Ryan, Burlington
Rev. Medea Saunders, Ankeny
Rev. Mel Schlachter
Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice, Des Moines
Pastor Dale A. Schoening, Woodward
Rev. Lee Schott, Prairie City
Rev. Juanita Scriven, Des Moines
Vicar Matt Seegert, Grand Mound
Rev. Deanna L. Shorb, Grinnell
Rev. David Sickelka, Des Moines
Rev. Diana J. Sickles, Des Moines
Rev. Bryan Simmons, Ames
Trustee Ratwinder Singh, Des Moines
Rev. Jeanie Smith, West Des Moines
Rev. Nan Smith
Rev. Larry W. Sonner, Urbandale
Imam hafiz Nermin Ef. Spahic, Des Moines
Pastor Pat Stalter, Woodward
Rev. Frederick Steinbach, Chariton
Rev. Brigit Stevens, Des Moines
Rev. Jane Stewart, Coralville
Nancy Stockdale, Des Moines
Rev. Suzanne Hall Stout, Des Moines
Deb Streff, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Gayle V. Strickler, Jr., Urbandale
Rev. Mark Stringer, Des Moines
Rev. LeAnn Stubbs, Des Moines
Dr. Shankar Subramaniam, Ames
Rev. Joan Swander
Jean Swenson, Urbandale
Rev. Dr. David Swinton, Des Moines
Rev. Cheryl Thomas, Des Moines
Rev. Dr. Professor Emeritus Richard H. Thomas, Mt. Vernon
Rev. P. Alex Thornburg, Clive
Rev. Rachel Thorson Mithelman, Des Moines
Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, Clive
John Twardos, Des Moines
Rev. Sallie Verrette, Grinnell
Pastor Linda VonFumetti, Rockdale
Pastor Heather Wachendorf, Adel
Rev. Chris Waddle, Nevada
Rev. Meg Wagner
Deacon Diane Wasson Eberhart, Urbandale
Rev. Benjamin Webb, Indianola
Rev. Margaret Y. Weiner
Pastor Gayle Wilcox, Cedar Rapids
Pastor Paul Wilcox, Cedar Rapids
Rev. Bonnie Wilkerson, Fort Madison
Pastor Nathan Willard, Ankeny
Rev. Tiffany Williams, Newton
Rev. Dr. Heather Withers, Ames
Coreen Witke, Des Moines
Naomi Sea Young Wittstruck, Des Moines
VT Woodbur, Fort Madison
Rev. Sharon A. Worthington, Des Moines
Pastor DeLane D. Wright, West Liberty
Diana L. Wright, Priest
Rev. Dr. Roland Zimany