We currently live in a time of great opportunity and of great danger.
We have an opportunity for the first time in history for the scattered children of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar– Jews, Muslims and Christians– to be united for the good of this planet, and indeed of all humanity.
At the same time, the danger we face is also worldwide and is rooted in the most ancient fear of the human species: the fear of the other. We know by sad experience that when we fear each other we begin to believe untruths about each other, and soon see each other as a threat to our ways of life. It is upon this fear and this perceived threat that hate builds its armory and creates its empire of death.
And so, the question comes to us: will we children of Abraham, in this time, in this generation, live out that opportunity with its promise of peace, or succumb to the danger with its false security of hatred?
Let it be said of us, that when the danger threatened to undo us, we stood together – Muslim, Jew, and Christian – and standing together under God, we overcame hate with love, danger with opportunity, and we built hope for our children’s future.
Gordon J. Schultz
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church