Engaging Horror

by Jim Antal


Religious leaders can never remain silent in the face of slaughter. As pastors, chaplains and teachers people look to us for moral leadership. Even amidst impossibly complex circumstances, we are called (in part) to help others understand and follow a moral compass. While it is tempting to remain disengaged from distant events, especially if they are in the context of an ongoing civil war, as moral leaders we cannot turn away from the horror, nor can we ignore the headlines. 
Nick Carter, President of Andover Newton Theological School, has gathered some resources intended to help us reflect on this tragedy.  I commend them to you, and believe you will find them helpful in shaping your own response and guiding your congregation or constituency.  (Find those resources here.)
I still have friends in Syria from my visit there with our national UCC expert Peter Makari in 2007. I pray for them, and for a peaceful resolution in their land, every day. Please consider joining me in contributing to their important, ongoing humanitarian work which focuses on the 2 million displaced children – a number that is growing.  You may contribute here: www.ucc.org/disaster/syria/
Thank you for your prayers, your leadership, and your faithfulness.


Jim Antal

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