AN EPIPHANY FOR OUR COUNTRY

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There are dates that become part of the memory and psyche of America: July 4, 1776; December 7, 1941; June 6, 1944; September 11, 2001.

And now, January 6, 2021. The holy day of Epiphany, in the Christian calendar, which marks the manifestation of Jesus’ divinity to gentiles. 

On this holy date, our nation’s capitol was attacked by a violent mob, which manifested the division, polarization and disregard for the sacredness of human life that has become more rampant in our country in recent years. 

As a faith-based organization, WVIRM denounces the rhetoric and behavior of persons who would disrupt or overthrow by violence our democratic form of government. We denounce actions by white-supremacists, anti-Semites and anti-Muslim extremists who want to promote their religion of hatred.

We ask persons of faith – and, indeed, all persons in this country – to join us in manifesting the ethical values we proclaim to hold: the protection of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.