Letter to the Editor: Helping Our New Neighbors in a Time of Need 

Submitted by the Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network

In recent days, along with other local towns, our community of Bedford has been called upon to welcome a number of newly arrived residents to the Commonwealth into our midst. We appreciate the efforts of our municipal leaders and employees in meeting the initial urgent needs of these new neighbors, and the care which they are taking to affirm their dignity in this fragile time of relocation.  

Our diverse traditions are united in the moral imperative to welcome strangers and care for vulnerable neighbors in our midst with respect and with love. We commit ourselves and our faith communities to assist in our Town’s efforts to provide support in the weeks ahead, as we welcome these individuals and families into the community we share. And we invite all those who call Bedford “home” to do so as well.  

For information about how you can help, please visit: https://www.bedfordma.gov/844/5935/Emergency-Shelter-Response

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Rabbi Susan Abramson, Temple Shalom Emeth
Rev. Christopher Wendell, Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Rev. John Castricum, Pastor, First Church of Christ, Congregational
Rev. Jamie Hinson-Rieger, Senior Minister, First Parish in Bedford
Rev. Annie Gonzalez, Minister of Faith Development, First Parish in Bedford.
Rev. Alexx Wood, Carleton-Willard Village
Bishop Scott Robertson, Billerica Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Rev. Tracy Cabot Claudio, HPS of the Cabot-Kent Hermetic Temple
Richard Rhodes, Pastor, Community Engagement, Grace Chapel

The Bedford Interfaith Clergy Network is made up of clergy from many faith traditions who live in and serve the Bedford community and its houses of worship.

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