“Weep with those who weep:” The Massachusetts Council of Churches grieves attack on Muslims

In the Christian tradition,  St. Paul instructs the Church in Rome to "Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Today, the Massachusetts Council of Churches weeps with our Muslim kin following the hateful murders at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our interfaith relations are a source of our rejoicing; we are called to be peaceful neighbors. Yet, today we share in the anger, weariness, and heartache of Muslims around the world, and especially our Muslim neighbors across Massachusetts. 

In the strongest terms, we condemn this attack that killed at least 49 people and injured many more. We condemn the Islamophobic and racist logic that stokes and feeds such acts of violence. We condemn the desecration of the sacred space of the mosque. 

We weep with those who weep. We rebuke those who choose the path of division and violence. We vow our solidarity with our Muslim neighbors and our prayers for the grieving and the dead. 

To our Muslim neighbors, know you have our tears and our prayers. May you be strengthened in the days ahead. May you know you are are valued and beloved by our diverse interfaith community. 

To our Christian kin, know that the Massachusetts Council of Churches has reached out to our Muslim and interfaith colleagues on your behalf, sharing our tears and our anger. We ask that you pray and, as possible, partake of an embodied solidarity. We ask of you the following:

If you live in greater Boston, please join Rev. Laura Everett and our interfaith partners in attending Jummah prayers at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, 100 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury, MA on Friday March 15 at 1pm. Please plan to arrive early. 

If you live or work in downtown Boston, please join the dean of the Cathedral, Very Rev. Amy McCreath in welcoming the Muslims who pray at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. Boston MA. You are asked to arrive between 12:30-1:15pm and stand on the portico front stairs to greet and welcome the Muslim worshippers. 

If you live beyond Boston, we ask that you contact your local mosque and offer to attend Friday prayers as a sign of solidarity and support. We know of strong interfaith efforts in Wayland, Sharon, Worcester and Springfield . Please let Rev. Laura know if you visit a mosque today- laura (at) masscouncilofchurches (dot) org 

We will keep you apprised of any future gatherings in solidarity.

in peace,

Rev. Jennie Barrett Siegel, President
Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director

Massachusetts Council of Churches

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April 2-3, 2019
Rehm Library
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

Readings from the Roots is a new, historically-sensitive translation of the Revised Common Lectionary with the goal of reducing the potential for anti-Judaism by enriching Christianity through its roots in Judaism.  The Readings from the Roots translation team will host this two-day conference to highlight the project and engage scholars and practitioners, especially Christian clergy:

-to deepen their understanding of the authors' relationship to Judaism in the diverse writings of the New Testament;
-to articulate the challenges and opportunities for accurately reflecting that relationship in a translation of Scripture; and
-to consider how a translation of the texts can be used in worship to eradicate the anti-Judaism that continues to be associated with Christian readings of the Bible.


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