Interfaith Solidarity in Kenosha
The following messages have been received by BHT since the tragic events at Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh on Saturday. It is heartening to know that we have so much support in our community.
In addition, Rabbi Feingold will be working with Father Matthew Butterbaugh, at his request, to create an interfaith memorial and tolling of the bells at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 11am on Wednesday. The names of the victims will be read and 11 bells will toll. Prayers will be offered. The public is welcome.
*I’m confident I speak for all of us when I say we are shocked and saddened to hear about the synagogue shooting today in Pittsburgh – our thoughts and prayers are with you and all our Jewish siblings. Please let me know if you would like help with security of your space or anything else we or the rest of CUSH might provide. Also, if appropriate, I would gladly help coordinate a vigil or some other public response from CUSH. Much love and support in these difficult times,
In Faith and Gratitude,
Pastor Erik Carlson, Bradford Unitarian Universalist
*My heart is heavy as I see the news this morning. As I’ve done in the past to memorialize shootings, I’d like to do something at St. Matthew’s to honor those who perished this morning in Pittsburgh. Typically, we do something liturgical, toll the bells and read the names. Since this was an assault on the Jewish community, I wanted to make sure whatever was done was coordinated with your congregation. – Father Matthew Butterbaugh – St. Matthew’s Episcopal
*Please accept my sympathy and support upon learning of the tragic violation of life in the Pittsburgh synagogue. I know we talked about your well-founded anxiety over the past years or so. I join you in lament as we take our pleas to the Lord.
Be strong in your faith and action!!
Father Mike Newman
*I wanted you to know that we are praying for all of you at Beth Hillel in this time of craziness and hate. I believe that St. Matt’s has started planning a bell tolling for the 11 members of Tree of Life that were killed. I hope that you will contact the RLC of CUSH or me personally if there is something helpful and supportive and practical that we can share with you.
Pastor Kathy Gloff, Somers Community Church, UCC.
*Dear Friends, I join you in mourning the loss of Jewish congregants in the despicable violence at The Tree of Life Synagogue in PA yesterday. Any such attack is an attack on all. I pray for the victims, their families and you as you bear the horror of this intolerance and bigotry. I wish you blessings and peace, Karen Dosemagen
Please know that your brothers and sisters at Holy Nativity and St. John’s Lutheran churches will be holding in prayer Beth Hillel, Tree of Life and all affected by the continuing hideousness of violence and bigotry and ignorance in our country. We have more commonalities than differences. I believe that God does not even recognize that which we humans call differences. We approach God as the giver of all that is good, the creator of all that is beautiful. We need to unite, not divide. I know you know all of this. I just want you and your congregation that we grieve with you.
God’s peace, my sister. Shalom.
St. John’s and Holy Nativity Lutheran churches
On behalf of myself and of the congregation of St. Mary’s Lutheran church I would like to express our deepest sorrows on the tragedies at Tree of Life Synagogue. Our prayers go out for peace and justice for all of God’s creation.