Today is a day of great grieving. Once again, we see another tragedy involving hate. This time it is our Muslim friends. They are part of our family. We grieve for the loss of life, the injured, their friends and family. And we grieve for Muslims all over the world that are affected by this tragedy. And on some level, we are all affected. This is not only an act against Muslims, but it is an act against humanity and all that is Holy.
We must re-double our efforts to connect with all faiths and belief systems; to provide more opportunities for bridge-building, and to walk the paths of peace. There are not enough words to express the great sorrow that, as a human family, we have not overcome the expressions of such hatred.
May we all be reinvigorated in our Interfaith efforts, individually and as an organization, to make the world a safe and peaceful place for everyone and all sentient beings. While we mourn and grieve, let us turn that into all the actions needed that create a world where no one would even think of such hatred towards someone else. Let us make empathy great again.
Many blessings and love,
Alan Bachman Chair,
North American Interfaith Network.