, Gloucester, MA

March 28, 2013

Editorial: A time for interfaith harmony

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — This is an especially important week for virtually all religions here on Cape Ann, with Passover now into its third full day, Good Friday looming tomorrow, and Easter, of course, stirring Catholics and other Christians to celebrate on Sunday.

In a way, those holidays can point up some of the differences among us. Yet events such as Tuesday night’s Passover Seder, hosted by Gloucester’s Temple Ahavat Achim and featured on Page 1 of Wednesday’s Times, also help bring us all together.

That’s because Tuesday’s Seder was, to an extent, a true interfaith celebration, with Rev. Matthew Green of Holy Family Parish and St. Ann Church, and the Rev. Anne Deneen of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church among those joining with Rabbi Steven Lewis and members of the temple in the festivities.

As all of us mark these very special holidays, let us also recognize that these are indeed times that should bring us all together. And let us do all we can to maintain that spirit not just during this week, but throughout the year and in other aspects of our lives.

The folks of Temple Ahavat Achim who put together Tuesday’s community Seder deserve credit and thanks for reaching out and welcoming those of other faiths to their celebration, and we hope other churches do the same as these holy days continue.

Gloucester and Cape Ann, after all, boast a community spirit well worth celebrating — at any time of the year.