Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Calling for Peace Many Faiths, One Belief: Clergy, Congregants Unite against Hate

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Calling for Peace Many Faiths, One Belief: Clergy, Congregants Unite against Hate

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The Shabbat can be a respite from the outside world or a call to move forward, and Friday night at Temple Sinai it was both, as hundreds packed the Squirrel Hilll synagogue for a public service where events in Charlottesville, Va., weighed heavily on the minds of attendees.

Rabbi James Gibson led the congregates with a recitation of "First they came ..." a poem by the Rev. Martin Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor in Germany during World War II. The poem famously criticizes the inaction of Germans during the Holocaust.

The Rev. Ronald Lengwin of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese implored that "the good must do even more good in the world we live."

Bishop Kurt Kusserow of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America said that "the glue among us is that God wants us to live in peace," but that the clamp that allows that glue to set "is all of us coming together."

But Pastor Richard Freeman of Resurrection Baptist Church in Braddock gave the most stirring remarks, sharing his own experiences of growing up in Georgia under Jim Crow laws. …

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