Letter to the Editor from Members of the Bedford Clergy Association

December 18, 2013

Submitted by members of the Bedford Clergy Association

A Letter to the EditorTogether as clergy of Bedford, we stand united as we express our condemnation of the anti-Semitic graffiti that has recently been found in Bedford, including a number of swastikas as well as derogatory language aimed at Jews.

These acts of hatred are not just attacks on Jews. They are attacks on each one of us, what we stand for, and the culture of love and respect that we have built together. Prejudice and discrimination are not welcome in our community. We invite all people of faith and good will to condemn these acts of hatred and be the community that we have come to expect: one free of hate, one in which no one is afraid to express who they fully are, and one in which we are all embraced.


Rev. John Gibbons
Rev. Megan Lynes
Laura Fell Scholten
Ministers, First Parish, Unitarian Universalist

Rev. John Castricum
Rev. Gail Wright
Pastors, First Church of Christ, Congregational, U.C.C.

Rev. Christopher S. Wendell
Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
The Rev. Francis Fornaro, retired

Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
First Baptist Church, Bedford

Rev. Dr. Lorrie Dunham
Semi-retired United Church of Christ Pastor
Member, First Parish

Rev. Mar Imsong
Executive Director
Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries

Rabbi Susan Abramson
Temple Shalom Emeth, Burlington

Rabbi Howard Jaffe
Rabbi Jill Perlman
Temple Isaiah, Lexington

Ken Meltz
Director of Faith Formation
Holy Family Parish, Concord

Bishop Seth B. Johnson
Jared Koyle
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Billerica Ward
Nashua NH Stake

Ruben A. Ortiz, M.Div, MA-MFT/MHC, BCC
Staff Chaplain, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital

Rev. Tracy Cabot Claudio
HPS of the Cabot-Kent Hermetic Temple, Salem, MA

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