ASERVIC STATEMENT ON RECENT VIOLENCE TARGETING RELIGIOUS GROUPS

ASERVIC Statement December 29, 2019

Once again, we at the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling find ourselves saddened and heartbroken at the continued violence targeting religious groups and communities in the United States. The recent attacks on a Chanukah celebration in Monsey, New York was one of several recent attacks on orthodox Jews in the New York area and followed the vandalization of a Beverly Hills synagogue on December 15th. As we were crafting this statement, news broke of the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. We send thoughts of healing and compassion to all those impacted by these attacks including victims and their families and friends, first responders, and to all others affected around the globe. We join with our Jewish and Christian neighbors as they mourn and grieve these senseless acts of violence and anti-Semitism.

ASERVIC recognizes the importance of religious and spiritual expression in the development and wellbeing of individuals, and we want to reiterate our previous statement – ASERVIC seeks to create an environment that empowers and enables the expression, exploration, development, and research of evolving spiritual, ethical, and religious values as they relate to the person, to society, and to the profession of counseling and human development. We seek to engage in activities that build relationships that bring the world closer to a harmonious state. We strongly condemn such senseless acts of violence and are committed to addressing hate across all communities.

As such, we recognize that the above statement is insufficient. During our board meeting on January 3, 2020, we will seek time to explore ways we can foster greater connection and solidarity with those experiencing continued violence. We request your ideas and suggestions regarding ways we can better effect change. Please send any thoughts to ASERVIC Contact.

May those who died rest in peace. May those impacted by all forms of violence and injustice experience healing and compassion. May we all stand against evil, hatred, and bigotry in all their forms. As we move into a new year, we hope for one of love, peace, and solidarity.

L. Marinn Pierce, PhD, 2019-2020 ASERVIC President
Ryan Foster, PhD, 2019-2020 ASERVIC President-Elect
Leila Roach, PhD, 2019-2020 ASERVIC Past-President

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