In Support of Rev. Holly Ulmer sign now

Dear Presbytery Council Members, Mission Coordination Committee Members, and Presbytery Leaders,

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deepest concern at the possible budget cuts to the University of Marylands United Campus Ministry, and specifically to Rev. Holly Ulmer, and to provide our strongest solidarity and support on her behalf.

We have all known and appreciated the contributions of Rev. Holly Ulmer for over 15 years now. Her presence and service has been instrumental directly or indirectly in all of the work we do particularly around issues of diversity and equity. She has worked extensively with the Intergroup Dialogue Program (offered by the Office of Human Relations Programs), which brings together groups of students to have facilitated and meaningful conversations around important conflict issues of our time. Currently she is co-facilitating a national research dialogue on gender issues. She helped us pilot the Interfaith/Secular dialogue which has been so popular with students that we have had to offer consistently more sections of it each semester. In our troubled times around religion, it is important to point out that someone with Rev. Ulmers stature, sensitivity, and nuanced understanding and tolerance of various faith traditions has been crucial to our campus climate.

Repeatedly, during times of national and local crises, the campus chaplaincies have always taken leadership and initiative in offering our students, staff and faculty a place of quiet retreat, meaningful conversation, and sustained support. When 9/11 happened, the UM Chaplains planned and led a memorial on the academic mall attended by 8,000 faculty, staff and students. They were the first to rally on campus and offer a safe space for many students; and worked hard and tirelessly to build bridges across several faith communities. They have continued this work over the past many years, while many others have fallen by the wayside after the initial crisis was past.

Recently, during the VA tech shootings, the campus ministry organized a vigil, and offered spiritual support for a tragedy that affected our campus populations in diverse ways, including those specifically in the Korean community. Most of our students do not have access to ministries in the local community necessarily, since many of them are not from Maryland, and do rely upon the campus chaplains for their spiritual and religious needs. This is particularly true for international students, many of whom do not have cars or means of transportation to get to local churches. They form a large and important part of our campus citizenry.

Rev. Ulmer has also provided enormous amounts of support to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on campus, including faculty, staff, and students. She has been a constant and strong ally in our various endeavors, and several of us have called on her abilities to help us navigate difficult times.

We felt we needed to write a joint letter of support from our various locations and offices on campus to give you all a sense of the scope of Rev. Holly Ulmers reach and work on this campus. You may feel free to contact any one of us individually, either by email or telephone, as listed below.

We have no hesitation in strongly recommending that Rev. Ulmer is an important and integral part of our campus life.

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  • 27 November 201550. Carolina Rojasb
    In strong support of Rev. Holly Ulmer and with great admiration of her tireless dedication to all of us
  • 14 September 201549. Valerie L
    I support this petition
  • 05 May 201548. Shawn E
    Rev. Holly Ulmer is one of the greatest assets we have in the University's faith community. Address; Zip Code В
  • 19 March 201547. Pamela Ma
    Rev. Holly Ulmer is significant presence to the student, academic and professional community at the University of Maryland in a pluralistic religious environment. She was an instrumental support through events such as 9/11, and the more recent Virginia Te
  • 22 February 201546. Genevieve V
    I support this petition
  • 30 January 201545. Wendy W
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  • 02 November 201444. Joe M
    I support this petition
  • 30 October 201443. Adrienne Hamckew
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  • 08 October 201442. Tara Scott
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  • 30 August 201441. Luke J
    Rev. Ulmer has been so instrumental in bringing our campus together that I cannot imagine the University of Maryland without her. Address; Zip Code 20742
  • 10 August 201440. Harry P
    i dont support him because he thinks im evil...but all you right wing nutjob need to be aware...there is no christ! when you die...thats it there is no heaven HAHAHA quit titheing save your money,help the homeless!
  • 09 July 201439. Keith E
    I support this petition
  • 12 April 201438. Kimberlee S
    I have often worked with Holly and thus have direct experience of her effectiveness in working justly with students in need of the supportive role model she provides Address; Zip Code 2101 Woods Hall, College Park, 20742
  • 18 January 201437. William S
    The chaplaincy program is a vital part of the mental health of students on campus Address; Zip Code 20742
  • 07 January 201436. Kathy Pzamostnyp
    Rev. Ulmer is an extremely important part of the UM mental and spiritual health community. Given these times when college students are more troubled than ever and the societal and cultural pressures more serious than ever, we cannot afford to lose such an
  • 23 September 201335. Sivagami S
    I strongly support Rev. Ulmer
  • 30 August 201334. Shirley B
    I wholeheartedly support the breadth of work that Holly Ulmer has done through her position on this campus. I hope and pray that the work she has done will be recognized, appreciated, and allowed to be continued in the future. Thank you for your interest
  • 21 July 201333. Beverly Rg
    The work and personal commitment of people like Holly Ulmer is a necessity on the college campus today. Especially after the Va. Tech. killings we need people who are available for our students. It can help prevent tragedy and help those who are strugglin
  • 01 May 201332. Melissa L
    I support this petition
  • 17 January 201331. Pat H
    I support this petition
  • 11 September 201230. Judy W
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 06 December 201128. Gloria B
    I support this petition Address; Zip Code 1130 Shriver lab
  • 24 June 201127. Larry S
    I support this petition
  • 28 May 201126. Angelo G
    I support this petition
  • 15 April 201125. Dan B
    I support this petition! Address; Zip Code 1120 Stamp Student Union
  • 05 March 201124. Mark B
    Rev. Ulmer knows has to do effective campus ministry. She focuses on the 'on campus' experience by meeting students where they are. Address; Zip Code Cheverly, MD 20785

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