MMU community signs statement against hatred, intimidation

Mount Mercy University administration, faculty and staff gathered on Wednesday in the Chapel of Mercy to sign a statement against hatred and intimidation. A short prayer service, “Prayer for Peace and Understanding,” preceded the signing.

The statement, in response to increased nation-wide reports of hatred and intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status and other factors, reads in part:

“As members of Mount Mercy University’s administration, faculty and staff, we stand united in opposition to any hatred or violence directed at members of our community. In the spirit of the Catholic intellectual tradition of pursuing knowledge and truth, regarding the principles of human dignity and rights as well as promoting community and peace, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our institutional values.”

As Vice President for Mission & Ministry Sister Shari Sutherland affirms: “We have the opportunity to build a Mount Mercy community together that talks about difficult issues, respects each other, treats each other with compassion and is inclusive of diverse opinions. Now is a time to truly show love for one another, peace on our campus, and build a community that respects multiple points of view.”

The statement also mentions an important part of Mount Mercy’s foundation—five critical concerns developed by the Sisters of Mercy: earth, women, immigration, nonviolence and anti-racism. These driving values encourage the University community to embrace everyone and their differences.

Posted on Mount Mercy’s replica of the Door of Mercy, the statement will remain in the Chapel of Mercy for University employees to sign throughout the year.

 

Statement Against Hatred and Intimidation

December 13, 2016 

In the past few weeks, organizations that track violence and hate speech have seen a sharp increase in reported incidents of hatred and intimidation based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, immigration status, and other factors. Many of these hate crimes have occurred on college campuses. As members of Mount Mercy University’s administration, faculty, and staff, we stand united in opposition to any hatred or violence directed at members of our community. In the spirit of the Catholic intellectual tradition of pursuing knowledge and truth, regarding the principles of human dignity and rights as well as promoting community and peace, we remain steadfast in our commitment to our institutional values. These values include our five enduring critical concerns (earth, immigration, nonviolence, anti-racism, and women). We embrace all members of our diverse university community, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sex, socioeconomic status, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, health status, political affiliation, or any other identities that make up the human spectrum of diversity. Alongside universities across the country, we uphold our commitment to foster an inclusive environment that respects diversity in all its forms. As Vice President for Mission & Ministry, Sister Shari Sutherland, affirms: “We have the opportunity to build a Mount Mercy community together that talks about difficult issues, respects each other, treats each other with compassion, and is inclusive of diverse opinions. Now is a time to truly show love for one another, peace on our campus, and build a community that respects multiple points of view.”

Share on...

Mount Mercy on...