Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings in Christ. I am sure you too have been praying for the repose of the souls of the victims, the care for the wounded, and peace for our country after the horrific slaughter in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The killer mixed together a contemporary hatred of immigrants and refugees with the ancient poison of anti-Semitism. So first of all we mourn and pray in the face of such evil.
These events are also occasions that summon us. We are called anew, as local congregations, to welcome, solidarity and charity for our neighbors. We are, at this moment of our national life, called to impatience with politicians who would use divisive anger and xenophobia for political gain. And finally, we remember our special obligation to tangible and visible friendship with the Jewish people, the descendants of Abraham and Moses, the brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ.