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It’s been a grim stretch of weeks, filled with reports of terror attacks, police shootings, ambushes, attempted coups and on and on and on. The political cartoon in the San Jose Mercury News showed a woman carrying a newspaper filled with grim headlines opening a cupboard labeled “Thoughts & Prayers,” only to find the shelves bare.
However, the more than 200 people who gathered at Santa Teresa Catholic Church in San Jose on Wednesday evening did not find the cupboard empty. Leaders of religious communities including Baha’is, Zen Buddhists and True Land Buddhists, Sunni and Ahmadiyya Muslims, Catholic and Baptist Christians, Jews and Unitarians brought prayers, chants, and meditations for peace and healing. They reminded attendees of the call for peacemaking, compassion, and respect that lies deep at the heart of diverse religious traditions. As we lit candles at the end of the service and circled the sanctuary, one could almost see the web of relationships, light, and prayer that linked the participants together and tied us with others around the world.
These were my comments for the evening:
Over these past few weeks and months, as we sit at our breakfast tables with the morning newspaper, or watch events unfolding on TV, or find ourselves awash in comments on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media that may be informed and thoughtful or opinionated and angry, we may find an echo of our souls in the words of the prophet Jeremiah: Continue reading