Service of Solidarity and Healing
Monday, October 29, at 17:00 pm
Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica
Dear UU Utica Members and Friends,
Rabbi Peter Schaktman of Temple Emanu-El, just a block from our church building, has asked me to share the following with you:
"Following the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, wrote to the congregations he leads, the following words:
'The slaughter of our brothers and sisters praying in their holy synagogue this Shabbat in Pittsburgh breaks our collective heart. The murders took place during a prayer service in the Tree of Life congregation where, like synagogues all around the world, they were reading from Genesis recounting how Abraham welcomed perfect strangers into his tent. How painful and ironic that we live in a time when we have to temper our loving welcome of strangers as we protect our communities from violence and hate.'
In response to Saturday's attack at the Tree of Life Congregation, a service of solidarity and healing will take place on Monday, October 29, 7PM in the sanctuary of Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street. The service will be led by Rabbi Peter Schaktman, rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, with the presence and participation of clergy and other representatives from various faith communities in the Mohawk Valley. Other community leaders are also expected to attend and express their support for Utica's longstanding Jewish community and other communities threatened by violence and hatred. All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parking is available behind the synagogue as well as on nearby streets."
This week has been one of much fear, the rights of Americans denied and so much violence enacted out of hatred. It calls us into the light, into greater community, not just with one another as a church, but with those in the wider community that are also afraid. Together, we may mourn. Together, we may remember. Together, we bring forth strength. Together, we are called to action.
I ask you to act with your presence on Monday night, that our siblings of a minority faith may not feel alone when they have literally been under attack. Please come to this service. Truly, we are one, and our greater community needs us to be there for them.
All of our hearts have been broken this week. There is room for us to heal, as well. Thank you for following your faith in Love and Community. Let us bring our love into the world. Blessings to you and with love - Rev. Erin
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