The clergy who gathered in Washington are also actors. We came from places like Chicago and Baton Rouge, Oakland, and even Sunbury because we share the belief that violence against an individual is violence against our Creator. Because ministers are tired of presiding over five, 10, and more funerals a month for people killed by guns. To that end, we created a statement (available in full at lifelinestohealing.org) and delivered it to the vice president's office, asserting that "We affirm that every life is precious in the eyes of our Creator and our God has no pleasure in the death of anyone. We are committed to uniting around the common pain and loss of who have suffered in Newtown and New Orleans, Chicago and Columbine and Oak Creek and Oakland. We are committed through our work to heal the soul of a nation. We will be vigilant partners in the struggle to transform our communities from the valley of the shadow of death to the land of the living."
Rabbi Nina H. Mandel
Congregation Beth El