Bahai News - Utah clergy plead for calm
Utah clergy plead for calm
Utah's spiritual leaders reacted to Tuesday's terrorist attack with prayers
that the nation will respond with calmness and compassion.
"It's our hope that we won't make any rushed or rash decisions to
respond," said Rev. France Davis of Calvary Baptist Church, who led his
congregation in a special prayer meeting Tuesday night. "We remind them
that God is the one who is all-knowing and all-seeing. We encourage them
to not be panicky but to be cautious."
Msgr. J. Terrence Fitzgerald, vicar general of the Catholic Diocese of Salt
Lake City, issued a statement noting that "we join other people of faith in
prayer for national calm, compassionate response and support for the victims
and their families."
The world has too long been divided between the "us" and "them," said Jan
Saeed, a member of the spiritual assembly of the Baha'i of Salt Lake City.
"Things like this are the crises that cause us to come together. Maybe as an
international body of humanity we can come up with a solution."
She added that "I hope we won't become insular but that we will become a
global human family" in responding to the attack and its aftermath.
Local Islamic leaders also responded with sadness to the events. "We deplore
this act," said Imam Shuaib, leader of the Khadeeja Islamic Center in West
Valley City. "Our sympathy goes out to the victims. It is a human tragedy."
Like many local clergy, the Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, Episcopal
bishop of Utah, led her faithful in prayers on Tuesday. "God, the Father of
mercies and giver of all comfort," she prayed, "look down in pity and
compassion upon your sorrowing servants; lighten the burdens which weigh
them down in soul and body; shelter them from the forces of evil; let the
light of your presence shine upon them and give them perfect peace."
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