Statement of Solidarity with our Jewish neighbors
March 24, 2017
In light of the demonstrable uptick in anti-Semitic incidents due to the fact November, we the Christian faculty at United Theological Seminary give this statement of solidarity with our Jewish neighbors:
Locally and globally, we have observed bomb threats targeting Jewish centers and schools, desecrations of Jewish gravestones and defacements of Jewish institutions. Although this has been a national trend, we witnessed a single such incident at a neighborhood institution — a public act of hatred in the type of a swastika.
We are drastically disturbed by this trend along with its historical precedents and implications. Not only does this activity evoke the hostility toward Jewish life and culture in Europe top up to the Shoah, it is a symptom of the present political climate in America. In brief, we acknowledge that these are acts of terror especially targeting our Jewish neighbors. We also acknowledge that these incidents are component of a bigger social trend, a single that injures a wider network of neighborly relationships. Current reports of our Muslim neighbors who have helped to restore Jewish cemeteries immediately after vandalism are inspiring. We count this show of friendship as a courageous instance for Christian hospitality.
We consequently stand with our neighbors and denounce this trend as each anti-Semitic and anti-Christian. Such hatred stands in opposition to the superior news upon which our faith is constructed. Central to historic Christian doctrine is extravagant really like as taught by the author of our faith, a rabbi who was very first and foremost a Jew. We think that Jesus’ complete life was lived as a Jew and that his central mission sought the wellbeing of the Jewish individuals and their neighbors. We also think that Jesus’ command to really like our neighbors extends the ancient Jewish teaching that all humankind is produced in the image of our Creator and deserves respect. As such, symbols of hate are an affront not only to these targeted but to all of G-d’s kids.
At the similar time, we acknowledge that Christian history is replete with examples of Christians perpetrating or condoning acts of hatred. We at United Theological Seminary hope that we can assistance to break this pattern and to seek the nicely-getting of our Jewish neighbors. Toward that finish, toward the globe to come, we stand and will act as we are led in the days to come. If there is a seed of collaboration to be planted right here, we stand at the prepared to listen and to participate. We invite other folks in our neighborhood to do the similar.
In determined hope,
The faculty of United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio
Sarah Brooks Blair
Anthony Le Donne
Andrew Sung Park