From the Members of the Greater Leominster Interfaith Clergy
Thanksgiving, November, 2016
To the people of the Greater Leominster area,
At this time in our nation’s history, we, people of faith feel obligated to speak out in A united voice, in respect for all people regardless of race, faith, gender and gender-orientation, sexual orientation, disability, political perspective, or immigrant status. At the heart of our shared faith traditions is the teaching that every human being is created in the Divine image. These are words we live by.
We believe in a world founded on love and recognize that it is only through our Collective action that we will bring such a world to fruition. Our hearts and our houses of Worship are open to all who feel threatened, demeaned, and marginalized. So too, in this spirit, we invite the entire community to an interfaith gathering for Prayer and reflection on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, time and place to be announced soon.
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him/her as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
“We are called to honor diversity, to respect differences with dignity and to
challenge those who would forbid it. We are a people of a wide path.
Let us be wide in affection and go our way in peace. “
–Unitarian Universalist Rev Jean Rowe
“The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ but hates his brother or sister is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother or sister whom s/he has seen cannot love God who s/he has not seen.”
I John 4:20
“We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person–unless it be for killing, a person or for creating disorder in the land–it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whosoever gave life to one, it shall be as if he has given life to all mankind.”
Members of the Greater Leominster Interfaith Clergy:
Rev. Dr. Keith C. Alderman, Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC
Father Bob Bruso, St. Cecilia’s Parish
Bashir Uddin Mehmud, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community
Rev. Dr. Karen Nell Smith, The Congregational Church of Christ, UCC
Rabbi Kaya Stern-Kaufmann, Congregation Agudat Achim
Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown, First Church, Unitarian Universalist