Messages on topics of interest to our community from our Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi .

We Are Stronger Together

Dear Ones, Once again we find the summer coming to a close wearing the veils of grief and tragedy. This time our hearts are overwhelmed by the shocking events in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. These terrorizing acts, which go beyond free speech and witnessing to be acts which endanger the lives of others in unlawful ways, have struck fear in the hearts of many, especially those who are so much the focus of these hate groups. For people of Jewish religion or culture, for people of color, for those with sexual orientations or gender identities out of the dominant paradigm, these are especially scary times. As someone whose last home was in Charlottesville and who lived and ministered in that town, I can say with surety that what happened there can happen anywhere. The unleashed culture of hate allowed young men to march openly as racists and bigots bearing weapons and surrounding a place of faith. As some of us already know, a random act of violence can change and end lives and we all mourn those killed and injured.. I was heartened to see the response of the faith communities of our county at last night's vigil and we…

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