In the strongest terms, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion condemns the acts of vandalism that occurred at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery and the bomb threats directed against Jewish Community Centers across the country over the weekend. We stand with our Jewish neighbors against hate and defamation.
The Episcopal Church continues on a long road of repentence and learning after centuries of anti-Semitism perpetuated in the name of our faith. In recent years our denomination has been working explicitly to counter “Christian anti-Judaism expressed in and stirred by portions of Christian scriptures and liturgical texts.” We acknowledge and regret our part in historic bigotry, and commit ourselves to the work ahead.
University City is a neighborhood blessed by religious diversity. We are grateful for our Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu neighbors, and our neighbors of other faiths. At Holy Communion we believe that we more fully see God when we embrace human and religious diversity. In the weeks, months, and years ahead, we pledge to stand with our neighbors against hate.
The Rev. Mike Angell
You can join us Sunday afternoon across from Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery at the Unity Event hosted by UCity: