The hate-filled and deadly attack on those worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh yesterday was a vicious and appalling act of anti-Semitism, an attack on Jewish people everywhere.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these Jewish brothers and sisters who mourn the tragic loss of loved ones and who have once again to come to terms with the intrinsic and despicable evil of racism and religious bigotry. We express our solidarity, too, with all the members of the Jewish community here in the Seattle area. They are our friends and their loss is our loss, their grief is our grief.
In the end, the brutal attack on worshippers in Pittsburgh was an attack not only on our Jewish brothers and sisters who for far too long have been the victims of the most vicious forms of bigotry and hatred imaginable, it is also an attack on all people whose right to worship God according to their conscience and their tradition came under attack yesterday.
May our prayer together this morning unite us in our resolve to fight against every form of hatred and bigotry; may it recommit us to building bridges of understanding in this hopelessly fractured and divided nation of ours, and may it be an act of love for and solidarity with our Jewish friends, an earnest prayer for their healing and hope.
Father Michael G. Ryan