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.
NAME AND TITLE FAITH TRADITION
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