To our Interweave community,
I had planned to write you of our wonderful celebration – and I will – but the joy of Saturday's gala was overshadowed the following morning as we learned the news of the deaths of 49 people in a violent tragedy in Orlando.
Our hearts are with all of those who have been impacted by this devastating act of violence. So many communities have been impacted: the Orlando community, the LBGTQ community, the Latino community, and the Muslim community. We stand in solidarity with all of them. This growing violence and environment of hate is an attack on all of us and on the humanity we share.
It Is inexplicable that an injury of this magnitude could lead to more talk of hate, exclusion and even deeper prejudice. Yet the cultural crisis of the times we live in continues to afflict us with the intolerance and prejudice that lead from hate to injury.
Our answer must be an ever deepening commitment to love our neighbor, for regardless of our religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or country, we are all the people of God.
This coming Monday we had planned to do a solstice labyrinth walk at our Mendham campus at The Community of St. John the Baptist. This Labyrinth walk will now be a Walk for Peace. I invite you to join us at 7:30 pm as we gather as a community to pray for all those impacted by the Orlando tragedy and for peace for our world.
Let us increase our resolve to bring about that peace, through the work of social justice, education, and political activism. Together we can create real and transformative change for the common good. I firmly believe that the goodness of people of goodwill will prevail.
Blessings and Peace,
Janet Aulet Maulbeck