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Clarke Liturgy to Pray for End to Intolerance and Prejudice, Sept. 5

posted on August 31, 2007

Dubuque, Iowa – Clarke College invites members of the Dubuque community to join in prayer for an end to intolerance and prejudice at a special liturgy on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in the College’s Sacred Heart Chapel.

Clarke College President Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D. joined with other areas leaders today in expressing the need for our community to embrace an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Her complete letter to the Clarke campus can be found below.

For more information, contact the Clarke College Public Relations Office at (563)588-6318.

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A Message from the President

August 31, 2007

Dear Members of the Clarke Community,
 
As many of you know, a recent stabbing death in Dubuque has led to increasing racial tension in our city. Any unwarranted death saddens us and we remember those involved in our prayers.
 
Some have said that the incident was racial in nature, while some have said race was not necessarily a factor. Without having all of the details, this is not for us to decide.
 
There is, however, a decision we can all make. We can, and should, choose to accept and embrace our differences as members of the world community, while denouncing an attitude of intolerance and violence.
 
Imagine if from the day you were born, your eyes were only capable of seeing in black and white. You would never experience the magnificent colors of a sunset or the vibrancy of the Midwest’s fall foliage. Your world would be muted.
 
So, too, is our world muted if we fail to recognize and appreciate the benefits of backgrounds and perspectives different from our own.  The kaleidoscope of unique cultures around us only enriches and enhances our society.  I invite you to join me in fostering an environment that allows all people the freedom to experience a world without discrimination.
 
I also invite you and the Dubuque community as a whole to gather on Wednesday, September 5, for a 5:30 p.m. liturgy in Sacred Heart Chapel to pray for an end to hatred and discrimination. The only way to affect change in our society is through our own actions and by uniting to end prejudice.

Sincerely,
 
Joanne M. Burrows, SC, Ph.D.
President

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