We are in solidarity with those in Pittsburgh
The Interfaith Council of St. Mary’s County stands in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters and with all people of good will in deploring the recent mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Last December, when Capt. Steven Hall of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office addressed an interfaith gathering at Trinity Episcopal Church in St. Mary’s City, urging faith communities to put in place active-shooter protocols, we unfortunately knew that it was only a matter of time before a mass murder would happen again. And it did.
In response to random attacks on groups and individuals, faith communities of every kind reach deep into their traditions to comfort the injured, the survivors, members of their congregations, and to embrace in love the memory of the dead.
While no explanation is ever adequate to fathom why undeserved evil happens, every faith tradition has within it at the very least the resources for a response — among them, non-violence, love, the message of peace and preventive care for those who are disturbed, hateful and tempted to take aggressive action.
In the face of such all-toofrequent violence, the concerted expression of faith in a communal setting is so much more necessary to bring about a world remade in the image of love, truth, goodness and peace.
As believers, we carry with us no immunity from undeserved suffering.
But among the many things that our faith traditions have in common, we are forbidden from abandoning hope.
The Rev. David W. Beaubien, Leonardtown