After our church was vandalized with hateful banners on January 21, we have received messages of support from individuals and congregations across the country. The following message was sent by Bloomington United.
Dear friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County,
We in Bloomington United wanted to reach out after the unfortunate and ugly incident recently when racist and homophobic signs were placed on your playground fence.
It was inspiring to read on your blog about the strong and supportive response of the community.
Bloomington United started in 1998 in response to hate literature that was being spread around Bloomington.
After the man who distributed the fliers went on a murderous rampage in 1999, we held a community vigil to heal and unite the community in memory of the young Korean student, Won Joon Yun, who was murdered on the Indiana University campus .
The vigil drew thousands of supporters, including the then Attorney General of the United States, Janet Reno.
BU distributed signs and sponsored a rally against hate. BU is a coalition of community members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities that affirm the value of all human beings, bridge the differences between people, and resist and respond nonviolently to hate activity in our community. Now, because of the rise of intolerance in our country, BU has been re-activated.
Co-chairs of BU are Rabbi Sue Silberberg, director of the Helene G. Simon HIllel Center at Indiana University; and Doug Bauder, director of LGBTQ+ Student Support Services at Indiana University.
We attach a couple of graphics which anyone may feel free to use, on social media or to print out.
Please know that we stand in solidarity with you, and all who are working on behalf of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
On behalf of Bloomington United
Lynne Foster Shifriss
Bloomington, Indiana 47401