A Special Message from Rev. Justine Sullivan, Developmental Lead Minister
I have spent the last few days, as I imagine many of you have, reading about and watching news accounts of the horrific violence that is occurring in Israel and the surrounding areas. Many of us have loved ones with direct ties to the affected area. All of us are heartbroken by the terrible loss of life and the escalating bloodshed. In our congregations and across our movement, the conversations about the conflicts between Israel and her Palestinian neighbors have been difficult. As passionate people of faith, committed to justice, we must engage issues that are complicated, and which contain multiple stories and points of view. Doing so with compassion and respect is not always easy. I call for prayer for the all those caught in the crossfire, all those worried for the safety of those who have been kidnapped, all those mourning their dead. All are beloved, and we pray for their comfort and safety. We pray also for a way forward. On Wednesday, October 11, we will gather for a brief time of prayer, meditation, and song at 6:30 pm in Bard Hall. We will light a chalice, offer prayers for peace, and Marshall will lead us in song. I will offer a similar time for prayer from South Bay. On Friday, October 13, at South Bay at 6:30 pm, please join me in person or on Zoom using this link: https://bit.ly/Southbayprayervigil10-13-23. Beloveds, at moments like this I am especially grateful to be part of a faith movement that can as Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt calls us to do “center justice as we call for peace.” And I am ever grateful to serve our faith with you.
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