Statement on 11.9.16 from Rev. Emily McNeill

Dear friends,

Like many of you, I am struggling to come to grips with the national election results and the cumulative impact of months of hateful rhetoric. I fear for how both that rhetoric and future policy changes will affect the poor, immigrants, people of color, women, the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, and the working class. As a queer person, I am feeling personally more vulnerable today.

Yet I also know that all across New York and the United States, people woke up this morning with renewed commitment to the work ahead. In the midst of our shock, our grief and our fear, we know that we must continue our struggles, and we must do so with more wisdom, compassion, courage, grit and perseverance than ever.

All jokes aside, I am not fleeing to Canada. And neither are you — right?

Now is a time to dig deeper than we ever have and to do so together. We have to think bigger and organize better. We have to cross lines of race, religion, class, gender, orientation and geography – right here in New York State. We have to be unabashed and unwavering in our moral commitment to  the dignity and rights of every human being without exception.

We must do all of this with enough humility to learn from our failings and enough faith to never give up.

We are not going anywhere.

With hope and love,

Rev. Emily McNeill