A Call to Solidarity

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week I have been grieving for those directly affected by the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and I have been grieving for all of us who have been touched by this evil.  I hope that you will find ways to reach out to our Jewish neighbors and friends in the midst of this painful and frightening time.

I am encouraged to hear reports of our members in Pittsburgh who have responded in love, and I am thankful to those churches around our Province who are planning to join local synagogues this Friday night in a show of solidarity.  I want to commend the #ShowUpForShabbat initiative for your consideration.

Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath and it begins at sunset on Friday night and runs until sunset on Saturday night.  This is an opportunity to do something tangible and supportive; meeting at local synagogues and letting our neighbors know that they are not alone. image

David Harris, one of the organizers, has put it this way: “The community of conscience must stand as one, whether in the face of the hate-motivated attack against a black church in Charleston, which took nine lives, or a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which took 11 lives.  We are determined to ensure that love triumphs over hate, good over evil, unity over division. That’s our America.”

You can learn more at:

https://ajc.gospringboard.com/secure/Show-Up-for-Shabbat
https://www.ajc.org/showupforshabbat

Please consider joining, but also please be mindful and sensitive to the dynamics in your local area.  Some Jewish communities may be thankful for the public show of support, and others may be nervous at having unfamiliar faces at the synagogue on Friday.  Both reactions are understandable, so as the organizers suggest, “please reach out to a member of the Synagogue or the Synagogue staff in order to assure that the Synagogue is able to accommodate your desire to attend.”

In Christ,

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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America

A Call to Solidarity

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This week I have been grieving for those directly affected by the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, and I have been grieving for all of us who have been touched by this evil.  I hope that you will find ways to reach out to our Jewish neighbors and friends in the midst of this painful and frightening time.

I am encouraged to hear reports of our members in Pittsburgh who have responded in love, and I am thankful to those churches around our Province who are planning to join local synagogues this Friday night in a show of solidarity.  I want to commend the #ShowUpForShabbat initiative for your consideration.

Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath and it begins at sunset on Friday night and runs until sunset on Saturday night.  This is an opportunity to do something tangible and supportive; meeting at local synagogues and letting our neighbors know that they are not alone. image

David Harris, one of the organizers, has put it this way: “The community of conscience must stand as one, whether in the face of the hate-motivated attack against a black church in Charleston, which took nine lives, or a synagogue in Pittsburgh, which took 11 lives.  We are determined to ensure that love triumphs over hate, good over evil, unity over division. That’s our America.”

You can learn more at:

https://ajc.gospringboard.com/secure/Show-Up-for-Shabbat
https://www.ajc.org/showupforshabbat

Please consider joining, but also please be mindful and sensitive to the dynamics in your local area.  Some Jewish communities may be thankful for the public show of support, and others may be nervous at having unfamiliar faces at the synagogue on Friday.  Both reactions are understandable, so as the organizers suggest, “please reach out to a member of the Synagogue or the Synagogue staff in order to assure that the Synagogue is able to accommodate your desire to attend.”

In Christ,

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The Most Rev. Dr. Foley Beach
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church in North America

Update: Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts

One member of St. Paul Anglican Mission Church, Lynn Haven, Florida, Aimee Roberts, described the scene at the church:

We moved to the church and at first glance – it wasn’t too bad.  But then we saw the broken window.  The window next to the baby grand piano.  And all my music from Sunday morning was soaked.  The fair linen on the altar was stained and wet. The Gospel was soaking wet…  Father Tracy’s office was miraculously spared.  His library, the vestments, the ordination papers for Deacon Sheryll and Father Tracy were fine.  The Sunday School room however, was completely open to the sky above.

She added that every parishioner at the church had “significant damage” to his or her home:

They are telling us that we will not have power, or water or sewage for months.  Months.  What do people do when their jobs don’t have power or water?  How do you get out when the nearest gas is a half hour away and you were on empty to begin with?  Where do you go when your entire extended family is living in the same neighborhood?

Roberts noted that there are hundreds of people coming to help, including law enforcement, and so, though they’ve lost everything, they are hopeful.

Meanwhile, Fr. John Wallace, Rector of Apostles by the Sea in Rosemary Beach, Florida, is calling on the church to rise up as he leads his parishioners in relief efforts: “So, Church, let’s be the Church!” His congregation is offering food and water, hygiene products and first aid, and other essentials to those in need in the area. Right now, they are focused on immediate needs but recognize that relief efforts will be a “marathon.”

Apostles by the Sea is leading the relief efforts for the Diocese of the Gulf Atlantic who has partnered with the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. Though they ask for volunteers to wait until circumstances are a bit safer to visit, they can use your prayers, especially for stamina and safety. You are also encouraged to help by donating to the relief efforts through ARDF here. Learn more about the relief efforts here and in this video: