This evening, our Jewish neighbors begin their solemn observance of Yom Kippur, the most sacred event of their year.
I wish our Jewish friends the fullness of God’s abundant grace and mercy, and assure you of a solidarity in prayer.
Let me also thank our Jewish community for giving us all a radiant example of atonement, of acknowledging sin, asking God’s mercy, and renewing one’s deepest beliefs and values.
Your Scriptures, which we cherish with you as God’s revelation, teach eloquently of the communal nature of sin. Yes, sin is personal, but it also affects others, with an “oil-spill” effect, that poisons…