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Next steps?

At last night's community forum, Belief and Truth from a Multifaith Perspective: Finding Unity in Diversity, many expressed a desire to continue these kinds of conversations and to take action together for building bridges in our community. These are some of the ideas that were shared for next steps:

Find something concrete that we can work on together in our communityCome out with a statement to the community about this gatheringHave clergy visit other houses of worship for teaching and conversation Invite people of other faiths or no faith traditions into our houses of worshipBring younger people into our interfaith programsAsk elected officials to talk about this kind of workIdentify root causes of hatred and address themEncourage media coverage of our programs What other ideas do you have for next steps? Please share them in the comments.

First I thought I would write about love

First I thought I would write about love,  given that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow.

Then I thought, write about …

violence in our schools, streets, and homes, given that tomorrow is a terrible anniversary and last year was the worst in forty years for number of gun deaths …

climate change, given the rate at which the glaciers are melting, the seas are rising, and extreme weather events are increasing in frequency …

food insecurity, given that some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life …

everyday dangers for people of color in our country, given the effects of prejudice and
structural racism …

greed and injustice threatening peace everywhere in the world, given … well, given everything above, except Valentine’s Day.

So I came back to love.

Will love end violence, save the planet, cure poverty, guarantee justice and equality for all, and create a fair distribution of world resources?

No.

Not love alone.

But love is the root and the guide and the b…

The courage to say NO to hate

I was going to write this blog about something different, but the recent events, especially the most recent shooting in a San Diego synagogue on the last day of Passover have totally occupied my thoughts.
I am preparing a small service for my students for Yom HaShaoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day.We usually light a candle and read some poems and sing a song.I felt I needed to do more this year.The Holocaust is not some distant past event of history.The students have seen videos of Nazis marching on the streets of American cities yelling anti-Semitic slogans.Houses of worship are targets of violence of hate all over the globe, including 2 synagogues here in our country. These acts of hate and ignorance must be confronted head on, and Holocaust Remembrance Day seems the perfect day to begin.
As a clergy member, these recent events have left me bereft and downtrodden.My faith is tested, and my sadness is all encompassing.Of course, I see the goodness in those who rise up against such hate.He…