This comes from Niala Terrell-Mason, our Membership Chair and Board Member:
To all of our Jewish siblings and specifically to our siblings at Temple Beth El,
We, the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, would like to offer our unwavering support to your community and your community members during this very difficult and painful time in our nation’s recent history. When so many of our legal and moral gains seem to be endangered and under attack, it’s important that we make it clear where we, as people of faith, stand. The anti-semitic attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh last week left all of us at UUCR horrified and grieved. On the Sunday after the shooting, we read the names of the victims aloud, said a prayer, and had a moment of silence.
Judaism is one of the sources our tradition draws from. Unitarian Universalism has six official sources and the fourth one says “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Many UUs have a personal and/or historical relationship with Judaism. But even if that were not the case, our two faith communities are longtime friends and neighbors and allies.
Please let us know how if and how we can support you in this time or in the future. Our hearts and doors are always open to the people of Temple Beth El.
In love and faith,
Board of Trustees
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside