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Letters To The Editor 11/12/2018

November 12, 2018

Editor: We, members of the Scranton Area Ministerium, as leaders in the faith communities of Northeast Pennsylvania, feel compelled to speak out against the violent attack on our sisters and brothers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

When confronted with acts that speak so clearly of hatred rooted in division and prejudice, we must all search our hearts to address how we have encouraged such attitudes through our words and actions or silence or inaction.

We call on all people of goodwill to work together in addressing the conditions that make such violence so prevalent in our society. We especially call on people of faith to stand with us before the creator who asks us to treat each other with the same compassionate mercy we have received.

On Friday, our annual interfaith Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 p.m. at Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, in Scranton, with a preceding potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

This year it is especially appropriate that we stand with our Jewish neighbors in humble gratitude for all we have received and with renewed commitment to addressing the needs of our community.

We invite all in Northeast Pennsylvania to join us for this meaningful celebration. The interfaith service initiates the extraordinary efforts of the Friends of the Poor and the Family to Family Program in providing a Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 20 at the Scranton Cultural Center, followed by a food distribution on Nov. 21.

REV. JACK MUNLEY

PRESIDENT;

REV. REBECCA BARNES,

VICE PRESIDENT;

REV. JAMES REDINGTON, S.J.,

TREASURER;

PHIL YEVICS,

SECRETARY,

SCRANTON AREA MINISTERIUM

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