We are in sol­i­dar­ity with those in Pitts­burgh

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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

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