A statement in solidarity with Asian communities nationwide

Like so many in our community and around the world, we are angered and horrified by the acts of violence visited on our Asian friends across the country, particularly in the past year.  As citizens of the University of Chicago, while we are committed to the free exchange of ideas, we are equally resolute in our opposition to any speech that denigrates entire peoples.  Words matter.  People matter more.  

We are particularly sensitive to the fact that Asian communities on our campus have endured more than their share of grief this past year.  We see you.  We support you.  Our hearts are open.

This is a challenging time for all of us as we do our best to work together for healing and wholeness while enduring the burden of isolation brought about by the necessity of remaining physically distant yet emotionally and spiritually connected.  Please feel free to reach out to us at any time and let us know how we can lighten the burdens of the present moment.  

We believe that brighter days lie ahead.  If we pull together, we can pass through this difficult time and make the world better and brighter for all.

Rockefeller Chapel and Spiritual Life

Jane, James, Jigna, Joey, Matt, Maurice, and Tom