In recent weeks, there has been a great deal of controversy about our government’s policy to separate children from their parents when families cross our southern border seeking asylum and a better life. These events feel like a defining moment for members of the Monadnock Interfaith Project, a local non-profit that unites people of all faith backgrounds, and the unaffiliated faithful, to work for social justice within our communities.

The treatment of these families has put a spotlight on our values, our fears, and the way in which power is used for and against the interests of various communities. We observe activities within and outside our government that seek to lessen our sense of kinship with fellow humans born outside our nation’s borders. Our sense of justice and common humanity is offended by the idea of innocent children being so deeply traumatized.

Those who claim these families are threats would have us believe that these desperate people crossing borders have a great deal of power over our lives. Monadnock Interfaith Project believes that it is very important to cultivate clarity about power, who wields it, and how.

Power, the ability to get things done, is not in and of itself bad. Power can create chaos or harmony in our lives and communities, depending on how it is used and shared. We can, and we must, use our power well. Our power is in our numbers, our voices, our daily choices, and our votes. When we exercise that power, we need to be clear about our values and interests.

Many Americans agree on values like opportunity, fairness, security, ingenuity, and hard work. Yet we are experiencing a great deal of turmoil over ideas about how to secure these values for ourselves and our children, and who is included in the community that builds and shares in the future we envision.

As people of faith we find common ground in a vision of peace, security, and opportunity. We must take care of each other, especially the children, and unite to build a future that provides for us all. We pray, bear witness, and speak out in support of all families who are seeking peace, security, and opportunity.

Sarah Harpster
On Behalf of the Monadnock Interfaith Project Guiding Council
Tom Bassarear
David Blair
James Duffy
Charlie Gibson
Joanne Fenton
Len Fleischer
Tom Julius
Stan Long
Jane Meneghini
Pamela Parrish
Sandra Whippie