QC religious leaders call for community unity and civility as nation confronts Omicron variant


Retired Davenport Rabbi Henry Karp released a collective statement on behalf of the entire Quad Cities religious community on Thursday regarding what he called a “deeply troubling situation” that took place on Monday January 3 at the Genesis West campus in Davenport.

Then several people, waiting in a long queue for COVID tests, acted on their frustration with displays of anger and even physical violence. “In response to this incident, and fearing that while facing the Omicron variant the social fabric of unity and civility in our community may unravel, several religious leaders from Quad Cities, from various religious traditions, have came together to launch a “Call for Community Unity and Civility,” said Karp (founder of One Human Family QCA).

The signed statement (with the leaders who approved it below) reads:

We know how frightening the COVID Omicron variant can be, with its high infection and hospitalization rates. We also know how frustrating it can be to wait in long lines to receive a COVID test. We lament that home testing and public testing sites are not more readily available in Quad Cities. Sadly, these are the realities Quad Citians are facing right now.

We have come together, from many religious traditions, to call on our fellow Quads not to let the fears and pressures of this time and this pandemic tear our community apart. Each of our traditions invites us to recognize and value the humanity and dignity of all human beings. Our traditions, each in its own way, push us to “love your neighbor as yourself”. Each calls us to treat with gratitude the gifts we receive from others, such as our local healthcare professionals who work tirelessly to save us and our loved ones from the ravages of diseases such as COVID.

We wish to echo the words of Dr. Kurt Andersen, Chief Medical Officer of Genesis Health System, who said, “We ask the community to be kind to each other and to remember that we need to be in the same. boat as we try to overcome the challenges of this pandemic. “

In times of crisis, like these, it is all the more important that we as a community stand united, working together, helping and caring for one another. In doing so, we can best end this crisis.


Rabbi Linda Bertenthal Judaism

Rev. Episcopalian Elaine Caldbeck

Rev. Joyce Chamberlin Presbyterian Church in the United States

Lutheran Chaplain Larry Conway, ELCA

Rev. Jane Courtright United Church of Christ

Rev. Becky David United Church of Christ

Lutheran Pastor Stacie Fidlar, ELCA

Rev. Lisa Olsen Gaston United Church of Christ

Rev. Robert Hamilton United Church of Christ

Metropolitan Community Church of Reverend Richard Hendricks

Reverend Thomas Hennen Roman Catholic Church

Cantor Gail Posner Karp Reforming Judaism

Rabbi Henry Jay Karp Reforming Judaism

Rev. Donald Knowles Lutheran, ELCA

Bishop Bruce D. LeBlanc, Bishop Transformational Catholic Church

Rev. Laura Evans Mahn Christian (Disciples of Christ)

Imam Qasim Siddiqui Mohammed Islam (MCQC)

Rev. Katherine Mulhern United Church of Christ

Lutheran Pastor Peter A. Pettit

Rev. Santina Poor United Church of Christ

Pastor Melinda Pupillo Lutheran, ELCA

Lutheran Pastor Frank Samuelson, ELCA

Rev. Becky Sherwood Presbyterian

Metropolitan Community Church of Reverend Jael Lisa Simpson

Reverend Katie Styrt Presbyterian Church (United States)

Rev. Kathleen Thomas Christian (Disciples of Christ)

Lutheran Deacon Patty Tillman, ELCA

Lutheran Pastor Daniel Witkowksi, ELCA

Reverend Jay Wolin Unitarist Universalist

Bishop Thomas Zinkula Roman Catholic Church

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