Interfaith Commitment to Peace: Reflecting on the Boston Tragedy

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Interfaith Commitment to Peace:
Reflecting on the Boston Tragedy
It is with heavy hearts that we share these reflections on the horrific attacks in Boston which killed three and injured scores more. We extend our sympathy and condolences and send special prayers of healing to all of those affected by these terrorist attacks in Boston.

It is with so many unanswered questions that we reflect on this wanton act which caused multiple injuries and loss of human life. No cause warrants this pain and suffering. Such actions bring nothing but chaos and heartache. This disturbs us, not only as Americans, but at our core, as human beings. We fear these questions may meet no answers.

The spirit of the Boston Marathon is one of perseverance and dedication, and the people of Boston embody that spirit. The Boston Marathon has developed over the past 100+ years as a beacon of community building, healthy competition, inclusiveness, and the celebration of the human body and spirit. Patriots’ Day, the Massachusetts holiday on which the marathon is traditionally held, is a commemoration of all of those who put their lives on the line in defense of the principles on which this nation was founded, particularly those of individual and religious freedom.

We extend our prayers to the victims’ families, the runners whose day of triumph was turned into a day of mourning, and all who are committed to the defense and affirmation of life, rather than its destruction. We encourage people to donate to We hope that the people affected by this senseless tragedy can find the courage and means to begin to heal.

Together we commit to a more peaceful world, and take this opportunity to redouble our efforts in increased outreach, dialogue, and understanding. We dream together of a world where violence is no longer a possibility or a choice.

If you wish to endorse this statement, then please contact Tim Brauhn at [email protected]

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