It was only late last night, after finally arriving back home after the Remembering Sri Lanka vigil that it hit me. I was looking at photos of our gathering. We printed 200 programs, based on the Facebook responses, and ran out quite early.  What a good problem to have, Church! When God provides more people than you thought! We guessed there were between 250 and 300 people gathered on Boston Common to grieve and pray.  I was looking at the photos of the gathered body- Sri Lankans, and Americans, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and people of good will, Sinhalese and Tamil, children and elders and everyone in between. Then it hit me.



We were about the same number of people gathered on Boston Common, as the number of people killed in Sri Lanka.



This vision took my breath away.  And I felt a profound connectedness to people whom I would never meet, Christian kin and members of the human family, half a world away. 

A tragedy like this can be an abstraction, if we ourselves aren’t personally affected.  Sri Lanka is far away. Some of us may know very little or have little connection to this island country.  Though Christians were targeted, the wideness of the Body of Christ can sometimes lead us to feel far from the wounded parts. But this I know, the Body of Christ was wounded when three Christian communities, Protestant and Roman Catholic, were targeted. 

Our Christian faith is incarnate. I am profoundly grateful for all who showed up last night in body.   We believe in God who so longed for intimacy with us as to become human in Jesus Christ, to know our weariness and limitations. The Almighty shows solidarity with us by becoming human. I know that solidarity means most in person, when we too are incarnate. Thank you. 

Last night, as we gathered for prayers, and then gathered for Ceylon tea at St. Paul’s Cathedral afterwards, I could feel how important it was to gather in body. 

As we sipped tea and asked how folks were doing, a Sri Lankan Hindu woman came up to me to thank me again and again for “doing this for the Sri Lankan community.”  Church, I told her, the Massachusetts Council of Churches did this not just for the Sri Lankan community, but for us, the body of Christ, too. I am profoundly grateful for new colleagues at the Sri Lanka Association of New England, who I met for just the first time on Easter Monday. 

On your behalf, I’m going to visit the New England Tamil Church for their healing service on Sunday.  I will bring your condolences with me.  See below for how you can add your support. 

Today, I visit with MCC member denomination East Coast Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church, gathered for their Annual Meeting in Springfield. Tonight, I worship with Orthodox Christians at Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, gathered for Good Friday service of lamentation. On Sunday, I’m with the New England Tamil Church.  The Body is wide, even when wounded. 

In peace,
Rev. Laura
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue



Wounded Body of Christ: After Sri Lanka Church Bombings

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Let Rev. Meagan know if you need help with your posting, or if you have other ideas of resources we could offer that would help your church or organization better achieve its mission.
 
 
 
 
Ways you can support, following the Church bombings in Sri Lanka:
 
 
 
 

1.       Pray. We’ve posted the “Prayers of the People”  from the Remembering Sri Lanka Vigil as led by Rev. Anoma Abeyaratne, Franciscan Children’s Hospital & All Saints Episcopal Parish, Brookline, on our website. Please feel free to use these in your congregation and your personal use.

2.       Write a message of condolence and support. Rev. Laura will visit the New England Tamil Church this Sunday and bring your condolences. Please write a letter of condolence and send it to- Laura (at) masscouncilofchurches (dot) org or mail it to Massachusetts Council of Churches 138 Tremont St, Boston MA 02111.

3.       Give. You can make a financial contribution via the Sri Lanka Association of New England on their website. There will be devastating long term losses for so many workers and caregivers following these deaths and injuries. 

4.       Meet for tea. We know that many people are feeling vulnerable right now- Christians, Sri Lankans, and also Muslims worried about retaliation and Jews who remember being targeted as a religious minority too. Ask a neighbor in your community to have a cup of tea together.

5.       Pray. Pray for all wounded and worried. Pray that those martyred would intercede on our behalf. Pray for a durable peace in Sri Lanka. Keep praying. 
 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue



Remembering Sri Lanka:
An Interfaith Vigil for Boston.



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The Massachusetts Council of Churches relies on donors like you to join us in making the Vibrant Church Visible! If you are grateful for the work of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, please make a financial commitment so that we might continue to be a critical coordinating force for good, and a common Christian witness.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Are you hiring?  Visit www.masscouncilofchurches.org/jobs/post-a-job/ to list your job on our website.  

Are you looking for work?  Visit www.masscouncilofchurches.org/jobs/ to check out the opportunities!  

Let Rev. Meagan know if you need help with your posting, or if you have other ideas of resources we could offer that would help your church or organization better achieve its mission.
 
 
 
 
 
Rev. Anoma Abeyaratne, Franciscan Children’s Hospital & All Saints Episcopal Parish Brookline, leads the  “Prayers of the People”  at the Remembering Sri Lanka Vigil.  Please feel free to use these in your congregation and your personal use. http://www.masscouncilofchurches.org/news/
 
 
 
 
 
Tea reception following the Remembering Sri Lanka Vigil!
 
We want to thank the many institutions, individuals, and businesses that have helped and supported this interfaith vigil. Thank you, 

-       The Cathedral Church of St. Paul for the opening their space for Ceylon tea afterwards
-       The sextons and staff of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul for all their assistance in setting up 
-       Tea4USA for donating the Ceylon tea
-       Roche Brothers Grocery Store for the donation of cookies
-       Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, Islamic Council of New England, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, September 11 Families for Peace and all who offered words of solidarity and support
Thank you everyone who worked and prayed for this vigil. We are grateful. 

In peace,
Rev. Laura Everett, Massachusetts Council of Churches & 
Sharmalie Jayasinghe,  Sri Lanka Association of New England
 
 
 
 
 

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