As I write this message, the details of the devastating Ukranian Airlines disaster are emerging. To our Persian neighbors we say, our hearts break with yours and we stand with you in your grief. I invite our church community into solidarity with our Persian neighbors in a prayer of compassion, solidarity and peace. I do not accept that trading acts of violence will lead anywhere constructive. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
So friends, we offer you our love, we stand with you, and we light a candle for you, your loved ones, and your community.
Rev. Will Sparks
Lead Minister, Highlands United Church