July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
In a letter to Haim Korsia, Grand Rabbi of France, Bishop Pierre Whalon and the Very Reverend Lucinda Laird, dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, expressed solidarity with the Jewish community in the face of growing anti-Semitism in France, and across Europe. The letter followed an incident in which the Cathedral wall along the avenue George V was defaced with anti-Jewish graffiti. “It is intolerable that anti-Semitism is rising again in our countries,” the two said. With this deplorable act, “we felt that Christians were being targeted, as well. Whoever is attacking the Jews in France is attacking us as well.” “Whether Jew, Christian or Muslim, we are all one human family and worthy of respect."
The Rev. Jana Johnsen will serve as a member of the Presbyterian Church USA delegation to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The priority theme for this year’s session is challenges and achievements relating to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to adopt a New Year's resolution of tackling poverty in their own neighbourhoods. But the archbishop said in his first New Year's message as head of the Church of England that many people were struggling in spite of many signs of hope. He recommended taking up a pledge this year to try to "change the world a bit where we are" .
Speaking for all our faithful, I want to express our profound disgust and contempt for the recent defilement of the Great Mosque of Paris, emblem for Islam in France. The perpetrators of these hateful words attack all — believers and non-believers — who are loyal to the principles of our Republic.