Words from the Rev. Dr. Stephanie May today: “We cherish our Jewish neighbors and grieve the horrific attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA today. As our nation continues to wrestle with pernicious anti-Semitism and violence, may we all hope for and work towards a more loving and safe world.”

We also share the words of the UUA President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray:

“We grieve with those who are mourning the horrific mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

We grieve the lives lost to senseless violence at the hands of domestic terrorism. We grieve for those who were injured in body and spirit during this shooting.

In our grief, we will also speak truths that need to be named. This was anti-Semitism. This was extremism. This mass shooting was a hate crime.  This mass shooting reflects unapologetic bigotry that we are all called to denounce and resist.

May Jewish communities, both within and outside of Unitarian Universalism, feel especially held in tender love and care today and in the days to come. We are in this together.

May we all hold each other especially tight, knowing this life is tender and precious, and love will help us find a way.”