Community members from the Standing Together series The Church Council of Greater Seattle co-sponsored with Muslim Association of Puget Sound have developed a Declaration of Interdependence to encourage the addressing of growing fear, hate, and divisiveness in our nation.
In a background statement, the authors discuss The Declaration of Independence, conditions of inequality and oppression that exist today; and invite people of the United States of America to reaffirm our commitment to uphold the truth in The Declaration of Independence – and defend without exclusions – that all people are created equal and we are endowed by our Creator with the Right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness by signing the below pledge.
Standing together, we pledge:
- to treat all people as equals, to extend a hand in friendship to someone who is different from myself; to learn more about that person’s background, and look for similarities rather than differences;
- to speak out against fear, hatred and prejudice, to show my belief in America’s equality for all people by talking to someone who has been the object of fear, hatred or prejudice and saying “I share your hurt & fear; you are not alone;”
- to be interdependent: work together for the common good, realize we are all in this together, know we are strongest when we stand together as the United States of America; and
- to love my neighbor as myself.
Please consider signing the pledge and sharing it with others.