Ring of Peace
Friday, February 3, 2017
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
After the terrorist attack against people at prayer, the President of the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec cried out: “Why is this happening here?” We ask the same question. There is no room for such bigotry and violence in Canada. You have read the many important statements by: government officials, by Jewish communal organizations, and by The Union for Reform Judaism.
But what can we do?
Two years ago, when a synagogue in Oslo was attacked, other peoples of faith created a human chain, a Ring of Peace around the outside of the synagogue while the congregation prayed their Shabbat prayers inside.
Now we can offer the same message of solidarity.
For three years this local mosque has graciously welcomed our Bar/Bat Mitzvah class for their comparative religions unit. The Imam and Lay leaders are exemplars of hospitality and kindness. Members of their congregation come from all over the world – the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
What: With their permission, we will create a symbolic ring of protection around the congregation as they pray inside. This will be a quiet gathering. No chants or speeches.
When: Their main prayer service this week is on Friday, February 3, 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The Imam is preparing a sermon about Faith in Humanity.
What else you should know:
- Parking will be limited. Please do your best to leave the parking lot spaces for the members of the mosque. Ride share if you can. You are welcome to use the Holy Blossom parking lot as a meeting place before and after.
- This is not a protest. No political signs. Signs with messages of peace and solidarity are welcome or you may wish to bring flowers. But just your presence is what matters most.
- There will be police and press.
- You are welcome to share this invitation with friends and family, including children. They’ll never forget it!
- Dress for the weather.
- RSVP is not required, but it would be helpful to know if you are coming, click here.