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On behalf of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Alliance, we express our love for and solidarity with our Jewish friends at this time of heart-rending pain and loss. Words seem shallow and cheap in the face of such suffering, but we want to raise our voice with yours. We weep with you, and we stand with you as we stand against the evils of anti-Semitism.

We all want to imagine a world in which hate does not exist. We’d like to think that the sorts of religious and ethnic prejudice that have murderously hounded our Jewish siblings for so long is a thing of other times and other places. Saturday’s violence, brutally visited upon a peaceful gathering of men and women worshiping God, is an unmistakable reminder to all of us that the quest for love and the fight against darkness goes on. To resist such inhumanity, and to make common cause in pursuit of inter-religious unity, remains our challenge. In the name of those whose lives were taken at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we pledge to take up that challenge and press on.

In our community, GLILA brings together many of Greater Lowell’s faith leaders. Our unity is based on our shared purpose of building relationships of mutual respect and to support each other’s work and faith journey. Our commitment is to be a united force for spiritual and moral leadership and cooperation within the Greater Lowell community and to promote dialogue among faith traditions. The Psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Surely that promise is never more meaningful than in a moment such as this. We call upon God?s love and comfort for our Jewish friends in the Merrimack Valley and so many others who are hurting at this time.

This attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue (home to Congregation Dor Hadash and New Light Congregation) is an attack on us all. As GLILA, as your faith leaders, your neighbors, and your friends, we express our sympathy and our solidarity.

The leadership and members of the Greater Lowell Interfaith Leadership Alliance: Imogene Stulken, President; Frank Baskin, Vice President; Pauline Lebland, Secretary; Ruth Richards, Treasurer