A man drove his truck into a large group of mostly migrants, killing nine and injuring nine others. This was an act of hate and disregard for human life. 

We, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County Texas (UUFHCT), are called by our faith to honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people, as stated by our first principle.

Paul Abramson

We are a religion led by values, not creeds or dogmas. But the act of the driver of the truck does not require creed or dogma to understand that it came from a place of hate. Hate, which grows in the midst of a human rights crisis at our border. 

The migrants killed and injured are our siblings seeking a better life and better future, something they will no longer be able to achieve for themselves or for their families.

Our hearts are with the nine injured in the hospital and the families of the victims. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to build a beloved community. Today, we say, No more. No more to this hate which breaks our beloved community apart. 

We, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County Texas are a community with open arms for all. In these times, we remind people of faith that we are welcoming and loving. We don’t care if you are undocumented, trans, queer, disabled, etc. Our values call us to honor you and we call out in pain with our RGV community as we mourn this tragic event.


Editor’s Note: The above guest column was co-penned by Paul Harris Abramson and some of his fellow members and directors at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County in San Juan, Texas. These include: Aspen Baldadua, Carolyn Nieland, Robin Vargas, and William D. Trenfield. The column appears in The Rio Grande Guardian International News Service with the permission of the authors. Abramson can be reached by email via: [email protected].

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