Water and Human Rights
Sr. Margaret McCabe, DW Presents at Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Standing Together Event
Sr. Margaret McCabe, DW was a panel member at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ Standing Together event, a community forum to promote solidarity, held in January 2016 at the Slover Library, Norfolk, Virginia. The program offered a clergy press conference and interfaith panel discussion designed to respond to Islamophobia, xenophobia, and divisive rhetoric.
Sr. Margaret spoke during the press conference and on the Interfaith panel along with a Presbyterian minister, representatives from several Islamic Temples and a Jewish Rabbi who spoke from a Torah that had been in the Holocaust. Her contribution was on the “Catholic Perspective on Inclusion.” Quoting Matthew 5:1-10 in part of her presentation, as a message of solidarity, Sr. Margaret emphasized, “There is NO room in this foundational scriptural passage for hatred -----be it hatred of the “other,” the immigrant, or the refugee fleeing war. No place for homophobia, or Islamophobia. No place for Racism or sexism. It calls for Dialogue, networking, deep reflection, mercy and love.”
The event drew 200 in attendance and was supported by community groups including the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College, Congregation Beth Chaverim, Virginia Coalition for Latino Organizations and Virginia Organizing. “Standing Together” is an initiative in Hampton Roads, Virginia to bring together diverse groups to speak out and stand with those who are marginalized.
Find out more in the news clips covering this event. https://youtu.be/zjdy6y8o0gM