To the Colby Community:

In the wake of the recent executive order banning refugees and limiting immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations and in the wake of much divisive speech on our national stage, we, the undersigned religious and spiritual leaders, wish to affirm our commitment to build a community of mutual hospitality.  We earnestly believe our community is made better by the presence of a wide range of traditions, perspectives and experiences.  And we stand opposed to any effort to limit said diversity.

All of our religious and spiritual gatherings are open to any members of our community – come join us as you care for yourself and others in these fraught times. And please consider each of us a resource to all members of our community, for personal support or group meetings.

At the heart of each of our traditions stands a clear call to welcome and show compassion to the stranger in our midst.

Quran, An-Nisa 4:36 Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away…

Exodus 22:21 – You shall not wrong or oppress a stranger in your midst, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt

Buddha:  Let none deceive another,
Or despise any being in any state.
Let none through anger or ill-will
Wish harm upon another.

Hebrews 13:2 – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

In Peace,

Kurt Nelson, Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life, kdnelson@colby.edu

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs, risaacs@colby.edu

Charles Demm, Ph.D., Catholic Campus Minister, cademm@colby.edu

Peter Harris, Zen Buddhist Advisor, pbharris@colby.edu

Jing Ye, licensed clinical counselor, meditation group facilitator, jye@colby.edu

Laura Corbett, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, affiliate, lauradcorbett@gmail.com

Sakhi Khan, Colby Muslim Society Advisor, skhan@colby.edu