Peace to you in these holy days when peace feels quite far away.


By now, I know you have heard of the terrible killings in Sri Lanka, killings that have targeted Christians. This is not the good news of Jesus Christ. This is death-dealing, violence, and terror. This violence is designed to divide and threaten the fragile peace of Sri Lanka. The targeted churches in Sri Lanka are Roman Catholic and Protestant. All are kin to us in the Body of Jesus Christ. This is a profound and significant wounding in the Body. 

Pope Francis has spoken of an "ecumenism of the blood," and God knows, the blood of these martyrs that has been shed in Sri Lanka is so vast that we could not sort out whose blood is Protestant and whose is Roman Catholic. At the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis, advised us to "look to our many brothers and sisters, in various parts of the world, particularly the Middle East, who suffer because they are Christians. Let us draw close to them. May we never forget that our ecumenical journey is preceded and accompanied by an ecumenism already realized, the ecumenism of the blood which urgent us to go forward."

Let us draw close to those killed in Sri Lanka. Let us draw close to one another. 

And on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6pm, we will draw close to our interfaith neighbors and friends with 

#RememberingSriLanka: An Interfaith Vigil in Boston
Thursday April 25, 2019, 6pm.
Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common

The Massachusetts Council of Churches has been working quickly and diligently with the Sri Lanka Association of New England to plan the following event. I grieve that we know how to do this work of communal mourning following a tragedy.

Please plan to join us on Thursday at 6pm. Please share this widely with your community.  The Facebook Event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/585984585213637/ 


Please show up in body. 

As we gather to grieve the Christians targeted and killed, we are especially mindful also of the need to stand in solidarity with Muslim neighbors at this time, when the danger of being caricatured and misunderstood is so very high. 

We know Thursday evening is an already full time with Holy Thursday for some Orthodox Christians and Jews completing the Passover. If you cannot be with us in person, please pray. Know we pray with you, too and all who mourn. 



In hope,


Rev. Laura

 
 
 
 
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Remembering Sri Lanka:
An Interfaith Vigil for Boston.



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Remembering Sri Lanka:
An Interfaith Vigil in Boston 4/25/29
 
 
 
 
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR
Thursday April 25, 2019

Sri Lanka Association of New England
Ajitha Hemaratne- hemaratne@msn.com

Massachusetts Council of Churches
Rev. Laura Everett – laura@masscouncilofchurches.org

New England Sri Lankans and Christians
gather for Interfaith Vigil

(Boston: MA) Responding to terror in Sri Lanka and the killing of over 320 people, the Sri Lanka Association of New England and the Massachusetts Council of Churches will gather for

#RememberingSriLanka: An Interfaith Vigil in Boston
Thursday April 25, 2019, 6pm.
Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common

“As a community we offer our support to everyone affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families who suffered losses – including the American lives lost – as well as those injured and recovering. The Sri Lanka Association of New England will continue to strive for a unified Sri Lanka and peace going forward,” said Sharmalie Jayasinghe, President of the Sri Lanka Association of New England (SLANE).

“So much has been lost in Sri Lanka. We grieve the hundreds of Christians targeted and killed on Easter. As Christians, we believe that as one part of the body suffers, the whole Body of Christ suffers. It is important that we gather to mourn, grieve and pray with interfaith neighbors for peace,” said Rev. Laura Everett, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

All are invited to attend this interfaith vigil in grief and solidarity. The program will begin at 6:30pm. This will be a time for all Sri Lankans and all Christians to gather and mourn. We covet the solidarity of interfaith neighbors to attend and stand with us. All are invited to wear white to attend, in keeping with Sri Lankan customs.

Following the vigil at 7:30pm. we will gather at St. Paul’s Cathedral 138 Tremont, Boston
in the sanctuary for Ceylon tea and conversation.

We invite you to use the Hashtag #RememberingSriLanka, #PrayForSriLanka
# # #
 
 
 
 
In This Issue



Remembering Sri Lanka:
An Interfaith Vigil for Boston.



Check out more opportunities 


 
 
 
 
 

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.
 
 
 
 
 
Vigil Logistics
 
 
 
 
Thursday April 25, 2019
Parkman Bandstand
Boston Common

Gather at 6pm
Program begins at 6:30pm
Sri Lankan Tea at 7:30pm in St. Paul’s Cathedral, 138 Tremont, Boston

With sadness and our hope for peace, we invite you to participate in an interfaith vigil for Sri Lanka. We envision this as a time for all Sri Lankans and all Christians to gather and mourn. We covet the solidarity of interfaith neighbors to attend and stand with us.

Hosted by the Sri Lanka Association of New England and the Massachusetts Council of Churches, with support from many interfaith partners.

We invite everyone to wear white to attend, in keeping with Sri Lankan customs.

Following the vigil, we will gather at St. Paul’s Cathedral in the sanctuary for Ceylon tea and conversation.

We invite you to use the Hashtag #RememberingSriLanka #PrayForSriLanka

Transportation:

The Parkman Bandstand is located on the eastern side on Boston Common, across from ~151 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02111.

By Public Transit: From the Red or Green Line exit at the Park Street Station. From the Orange Line, exit at Downtown Crossing.

By Car: There is limited on-street parking around the Boston Common. If you are driving, parking is available in the Boston Common Parking Garage at $14 for 3 hrs. Enter the Garage at Zero Charles Street Boston, MA 02116. http://bostoncommongarage.com
 
 
 
 
 

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