A vigil for Pittsburgh and Louisville will be held on Tuesday, October 30, at 5:00 p.m., in the SECOND FLOOR BALLROOM OF THE IOWA MEMORIAL UNION.
Last Wednesday, Maurice Stallard and Vicki Lee Jones were shot from behind while they shopped at a grocery store in suburban Louisville, Kentucky. They were African-American. Their assailant, a white man, reportedly said, “Whites don’t shoot whites,” as he headed for his car: the dry bones left by the stoking of the racial hatred that always smolders in our nation.
Last Saturday morning there was the horrific attack at the Tree of Life synagogue while its members worshipped together: the dry bones left by the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric of recent years.
In the face of tragedy and unexplainable loss and deep sorrow we can still choose the good and cherish life all the more. For the religious person, the awareness that life is brief leads to the sense that the life worth living calls us at times to take action with no guarantee other than the love of God.
Please invite a friend and join this important event.