We have joined with other Christian leaders in this open letter decrying the recent violence against Jews. Please read, share, and consider signing. 

With hope,
Rev. Laura 

December 31, 2019

To our Jewish siblings and neighbors, and to our fellow Christians,

As Christian faith leaders, we reach out to share our sense of horror and disgust at the terrifying rise in violence against Jews and increasing public expressions of antisemitism. Our hearts, prayers, and tears join yours as we bear witness to tragic events in Monsey, New York, here in Massachusetts, and elsewhere. As Christians whose tradition has been and continues to be the source of so much antisemitic terror in history, we carry a particular responsibility to identify, condemn, and resist antisemitism in any and every form.

When we encounter it in our own sacred texts and liturgy, it’s on us to call it out. When we teach Christian history, it’s on us to name our forebears’ complicity and to call them out. When we see it in the media or in everyday interactions with our peers, it’s on us to speak up, push back, and demand awareness of the harm that even unintended or casual slights may cause. And when we see antisemitism borne out in acts of aggression on the streets or subways or in vicious and deadly violence in Jewish homes or synagogues, it’s on us to go public, to cry out in the strongest possible terms that such actions are anathema to our most deeply held values of respect for human dignity and love for our neighbors… and that they are anathema to the God we worship.

To our neighbors who are Jewish, please know that we hold our relationships with you as sacred, that we stand in solidarity with you, that you are not alone and will not be asked to face these challenges alone. Indeed, antisemitism is not a Jewish problem! It is a Christian problem. And when it occurs in this nation, it is a national problem and a national disgrace! It is a shared problem which requires a massive shared response. Today, we recommit ourselves to doing our part to sustain our ancient ties and to show that we cherish our connections with you.

On August 17, 1790, President George Washington visited the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. In response to his visit and reiterating words that were shared with him by Jewish leaders, he declared this defining commitment, that the government and people of this nation give “… to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance….”

Silence is both sanction and assistance. At a time of a resurgence of hatreds of all kinds, and meanness and violence visited upon persons of color, queer persons and immigrants, let us cry STOP.

Therefore, on the verge of a new year and a new decade may we each resolve to restore tolerance, decry hatred, celebrate diversity, ‘give to bigotry no sanction and to persecution no assistance.’

In the coming days, please, everyone, reach out to Jewish neighbors, co-workers, friends, or acquaintances. Let them know they are not alone. Write them a caring text, email or letter. Share a note or sign of friendship and solidarity with a Jewish organization or synagogue. We need to lament these recent atrocities together, to share our heartache and to show our care, love and support in these tender, terrifying and fragile times.

Initial signatories:

Rev. Laura Everett, Massachusetts Council of Churches
Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond, Bethel AME Church, Boston
Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, Bethel AME Church, Boston
Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Archdiocese of Boston
Rev. Roberto Miranda, Congregación León de Judá
Rev. Daniel Smith, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC
Rev. Burns Stanfield, Fourth Presbyterian Church and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
Rev. Dr. Nancy S. Taylor, Old South Church in Boston
Rev. Liz Walker, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
Rev. Steve Watson, Reservoir Church, Cambridge
Rev. David Wright, Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

To add your name, please sign the letter here: https://forms.gle/q7ivd3DUuoZdfXWs7


 
 
 
 
 
In This Issue

Letter from Rev. Laura

Watch Night Services
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Save the Date!
Massachusetts Council of Churches Annual Meeting
Location TBD

 
 
 
 
 
Save the date!

Our Advisory Board and friends are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Council of Churches!  Look for the location in the next newsletter.
 
 
 
 
 

There really is no Massachusetts Council of Churches without the churches, church members and church leaders of Massachusetts.  We need your support in order to continue our work in areas that matter to you.  Will you join us today with a financial contribution?

Give one time or set up a monthly donation from our website by clicking on the "donate" button below!  Thank you for your faithful  support.
 
 
 
 
 
Join Christians from a wide range of traditions  for a "Watch Night" service on New Year's Eve. Watch Night has great significance in the African American community.  Enslaved people were said to have gathered in churches on New Year's Eve 1862, waiting and watching to hear the news of the enactment o the emancipation proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863.  This service is a time to give God thanks for all God has done in the year past and watch for the liberation to come in the new year. Expect lots of singing, preaching, praying and testimonials about what God has done!

Join us at one of two services on December 31:

Union United Methodist Church
485 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02118
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hosted by Rev. Jay Williams,
MCC Executive Board Member
Meet Rev. Laura at the church at 6:15 pm. Dress is festive.
facbook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1362310843953607/

Calvary Baptist Church
13 Ashland St., Haverhill, MA 01830
10 PM to Midnight
Hosted by Rev. Kenneth Young, 
MCC Director of External Relationships
Dress is casual

Read more about Watch Night traditions here and check out this personal testimonial from Rev. William Lamar of Metropolitan AME in DC.
 
 
 
 
 

We’re excited to introduce our newest partner, Community Purchasing Alliance, a purchasing cooperative that organizes missional institutions to save money and promote community building!

Our webinar on December 5th revealed that many of us are encountering similar administrative challenges and harbor a collective desire to grow this coop in MA, starting with a collective third party electricity purchase. If you missed the call and want to learn more, reach out to CPA’s Carrie Watkins and, together, we can begin to cast a vision for how we can all be saving money and moving our dollars towards the economy we want to build. 
Carrie Watkins: carrie@cpa.coop, 310.753.0442
Submit your electricity bills: bit.ly/CPA-ENERGY

 
 
 
 

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