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Bishop Barber joins other faith leaders in responding to hate marches

 

Bishop Michael Barber joins other faith leaders in responding to hate marches

Encourages participation in interfaith prayer service at Temple Beth Abraham on Aug. 26

 

For Immediate Release
August 19, 2017

Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, is joining other local faith leaders in encouraging acts of kindness and peace in response to recent events, including the horrific tragedy that happened in Charlottesville, VA, Aug. 11-12. He has issued the following statement:
 
Hatred has no place in the hearts and minds of Christians. Our love of Christ compels us to treat people of all races and nationalities as our brothers and sisters, with generous kindness and sincere love. I ask all Catholics in the Diocese of Oakland to join me in praying for those who have been harmed or threatened by the evil ideology of racism. May they be delivered from hatred by our unrelenting embrace of solidarity and unity, and may our children especially be healed from the violence and terrible words and images they have witnessed these days. May the Word of Life replace words of fear and intimidation.
 
The rector of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Father Jay Matthews, will be Bishop Barber’s official representative at an interfaith prayer service of peace, “Standing Together,” to be held Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. at Temple Beth Abraham, 327 MacArthur Blvd. Bishop Barber joins Rabbi Mark Bloom in inviting the public to come together as a community of peace and love. For more information on the prayer service, please contact Rabbi Bloom at 510-832-0936.
 
The Diocese of Oakland serves two counties in the East Bay region, Alameda and Contra Costa, and has 84 parishes, 16 pastoral centers, nine high schools, and 39 elementary and middle schools.  
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