Catholic Charities and a steering committee comprised of different organizations have come together for a new initiative called “Be Golden”. Be Golden draws on all faith traditions to remind us of the importance of treating each other with dignity and respect. The theme is universal, but its focus is on immigrants, with goals to foster empathy and increase recognition that immigration is a human story. A series of citywide events and exhibits — from the Louisville Free Public Library to the Speed Art Museum – will engage and educate people of all ages and walks of life, inviting them to contemplate and practice the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

We recently went public with this message at a launch on Tuesday, February 5, at 2 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center. The Mayor and the Archbishop spoke about the centrality of this principle in the welcoming city of Louisville. We had a roomful of community members who confirmed the importance of the Golden Rule and welcoming immigrants in Louisville.