Standing with our Neighbors

Following the recent shootings in San Bernardino, California, there has been the resurgence of hateful words and actions directed toward our brothers and sisters of the Muslim faith. Some of those hateful words and actions have come from individuals or groups who claim to be Christian. There are many Christian clergy here in Madison who have been troubled and find hate to be inconsistent with our beliefs and teachings. Over two dozen churches were represented at a meeting held at Orchard Ridge last week to address the clergy and congregational frustration and try to plan some collective action. This group of clergy will be meeting again in January to continue the conversation. The tagline agreed upon by the clergy to promote our efforts is "Love over Fear."
In the meantime, First Congregational is moving forward to support our brothers and sisters who's faith tradition is Muslim. We will be sending a letter to area mosques and schools to offer our support on Friday of this week. The letter can be found here. If you are willing to sign the letter, please email me. We will keep a list of the names, and then sign with the number of people from First Congregational who support this action. Please email me TODAY, so we can show a large number of members supporting this initiative! Sign individually, rather than as a couple.
We will also be taking time during our Blue Christmas service to address fear, as it relates to other faith traditions. We hope you will plan to attend. The Blue Christmas service will be held Tuesday, December 22nd, starting with a potluck at 5:30pm and the service at 6:30pm.
We have ordered yard signs and wristbands with the tagline, "Love over Fear." Our hope would be to charge a little above cost to help provide additional funding for refugee resettlement. 
Our Christian faith tradition calls us to love our neighbors! We need to our act on our faith!
~ Eldonna Hazen

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm in Featured Content.

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