Response to the Mass Shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue

We join with the members of the Tree of Life synagogue community in grieving the loss of their beloved congregational members who were shot down by a hate-filled coward. We lift our prayers for a nation whose divisions have been exploited and inflamed by the rhetoric of political leaders with little or no moral compass. Hate-filled divisive speech encourages hateful and hostile behavior. Our nation needs healing and we need leaders and citizens who are truly devoted to that healing to rise up and let their voices be heard. The dignity and sacredness of life must once again be taught and celebrated, or we condemn ourselves and our children to live in a nation where hostility reigns.