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IARF-US

International Association for Religious Freedom
US Chapter

We are the US chapter of this organization of religious bodies from around the world, striving for understanding and mutual respect, and thus toward world peace.

Event: Building Bridges Through Accountable Relationships 
Sunday, August 30 @ 4 PDT, 6 CDT, 7 EDT

The board of the US Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom is pleased to invite you to participate in our second Zoom discussion - Building Bridges through Accountable Relationships. Please join us in a coast-to-coast gathering of chapter members and friends!
Presenter Janice Marie Johnson says: "In this experiential workshop we will gently explore race and the role of accountability to authentically help heal our racialized worlds."

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson serves as Co-Director of Ministries and Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association supporting, sustaining, and advancing multicultural, anti-oppressive, justice-centered, and innovative Unitarian Universalist lay and professional leadership and ministry for all ages. Committed to making multiculturalism “real,” she is an internationalist, Jamaican, and New Yorker! Janice — mother, grandmother, aunt, sibling -- notes that her mantra, "Masakhane," symbolizes her unstoppable commitment to her beloved Community Church of New York UU. This is a rich and resonant word from the Nguni family of languages of South Africa, of which Zulu and Xhosa are two. Loosely translated into English, “Masakhane” means, "Let us build together.” Janice is a member of the US Chapter Board.

Contact [email protected] for Zoom link.

August 30, 2020

7 pm EDT, 6 pm CDT, 4 pm PDT

on Zoom

US Chapter Deplores Harassment of Asian-Americans

The US Chapter of the IARF is greatly distressed by the harassment of and, worse, attacks on Asian-Americans and other Asians in the US that have arisen in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. New diseases arise from time to time, and “blame” is not appropriate. The fact that COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, has led to Asian-Americans being stereotyped as infected with the virus, and this racist assumption hurts Asian-American communities all over the country. To blame or try to avoid Asian-Americans in the US makes no sense at all. To harm them is appalling. We especially condemn those campaigning for high office by blaming the Chinese for the pandemic.

The US chapter of the IARF is compelled to denounce anti-Asian bias and racial intolerance. We must stop it from becoming normalized. Current attacks against Asian Americans simply stoke inter-community animus and recall the past racially-motivated prejudice that has left a stain in our country's past history and present story. Clearly, the values of the IARF lead us not to speak ill of others, nor act in ways to harm, but rather to offer help to those who are at risk, while maintaining our own safety, and to speak up for respect for all.

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Our US Board

Board members live across the US and meet by video conference.

Betsy Darr

Chair

Retired religious educator with long interest in multi-faith encounters.

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson

New York

Committed to making multiculturalism real, her maxim is "Let us build together."

Stephen Schwichow

San Francisco

For Stephen, it is all about accepting each other because of, not in spite of, our differences.

John L. Young

San Francisco

Retired minister with deep interest in non-violence, and former chair of this chapter.

Julia Zubiago

Somerville, MA

Recently received an MPH from Tufts, interested in the junction of religion and health. 

Advisors

Doris Hunter

Celine Ibrahim
Ahbi Janamanchi
Roy Kaplan
Bruce Knotts
Kathy Matsui
Nyla McCulloch
Peter Richardson

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Dues are $30 each year
or, $50 for a household
or, $10 for a student.
Donations beyond our modest dues are very welcome.