As a community of interfaith families and others striving to learn about and respect our different faith traditions, we are saddened and distressed by the recent upsurge in acts of bigotry and intolerance, here and around the nation.

Our hearts go out to our neighbors who have been targeted because of theier religion, race, or ethnicity, or because they are “different” in any way. We appeal to everyone to listen to the “better angels of our nature,” to practice respect in all our interactions with others, and especially to model tolerance and respect for our children.

There may be strong differences among us as a society — this is as true of our community as any — but we owe it to ourselves and each other to practice humility, to cultivate kindness, and to stand together against any impulse to blame or ostracize.