Yesterday, March 19th, a small, but diverse group gathered at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose on the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq to share prayers, songs, and reflections and to commit themselves again to the work of peacemaking.
Leaders of several local religious communities shared in the service. The call to prayer was given by Imam Tahir Anwar (South Bay Islamic Association), Rev. John Freesemann (The Interfaith Council), Berget Jelane (Buddhist Peace Fellowship) and Rabbi Eitan Julius (Congregation Sinai). Readings and reflections were shared by Sameena Usman (CAIR), Venerable Jian Hu (Sunnyvale Zen Center) and Suzanne Marsh (First Congregational, San Jose). Music was led by Rev. D. Andrew Kille (Interfaith Space), and Carol Stephenson (Social Action Committee, First Unitarian, San Jose) served as master of ceremonies.
Whenever we gather, we strengthen the ties with each other and together build a community that embraces the diversity and richness of all. Thanks to the sponsors (listed below) for making the event possible.
- Social Justice Committee, First Unitarian Church, San Jose
- Council of Churches of Santa Clara County
- Interfaith Space
- CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
- American Muslim Voice
- South Bay Mobilization for Peace and Justice
- San Jose Peace Council