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Congregation Beth Israel

Bangor Maine

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Interfaith Statement on Charleston Murders

Interfaith Statement on Charleston Murders

The true foundation of every house of worship is peace. We are heartbroken and horrified to learn of the murder of nine worshippers in South Carolina as they had gathered to pray at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. There is no greater desecration of God’s name than the murder of a human being, and the thought of those coming to be close to God and to their loved ones perishing in explosions of hate fills us with great dread. That the killings echo long-held hatreds heightens our pain and anger. We pray that the families of those killed know comfort, and that with due deliberation a full measure of justice is done.
We, the undersigned religious leaders of Bangor and Orono along with all people of good will, decry and condemn this terrible act. We call on congregants of all faiths to pray for those lost and for those left behind. We ask that each of us consider as citizens how we can confront prejudices that still haunt this country, and how we can protect the innocent. We pray for help in building communities in which all can gather in safety to pray to the God who loves life and peace.
Signed,
Tameem Alsamsam Islamic Center of Maine
Carroll Conley Executive Director of Christian Civic League
The Rev. Dr. Susan E. Davies
The Reverend Lorna Grenfell Church of Universal Fellowship
Rev. Dr. James L. Haddix, Minister, All Souls Church, Bangor
The Reverend Elaine Hewes – Redeemer Lutheran Church
Lou Kornreich, President Congregation Beth Abraham
Rabbi Darah R. Lerner Congregation Beth El
The Reverend Rebecca Liberty – Redeemer Lutheran Church
Rabbi Bill Siemers, Congregation Beth Israel
The Rev. Cn. Marguerite Steadman, Rector, St. John’s Episcopal Church.