In Wake of Palm Sunday Church Bombings, We Must Recommit to the Work of Peace
The Rev. Sarah Lammert, director of Ministries and Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the current head of UUA staff, offers this reflection in response to the tragic church bombings in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria:
"We are appalled and saddened by news of the horrific terrorist attacks on Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on this Palm Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and with all the people of a region beset by war and violence.
But it is not enough to merely condemn the continuing tragedies of terrorist violence. As we enter the period of the Holy Week and Passover, we must examine the role our government’s foreign policy plays in creating the conditions that give rise to violence and terror, including in Syria, where untold numbers of people have suffered and perished. If we truly desire peace, we must work for peace, we must raise our voices for peace, and we must practice peace.
May the holy days that are upon us be the time when we recommit to this work for peace."