Interfaith service for Boston tonight

Correction: This event was on Tuesday night. We are sorry for the confusion. 

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council is offering an interfaith service tonight.

“The entire Kansas City community is invited to attend,” according to an announcement. “We will gather to mourn the loss of life, pray for the speedy recovery of the injured, and express gratitude for all those who assisted during the Boston Marathon.”

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Chapel at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47 Street.

The Interfaith Council also posted this message on its website.

The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) sends its condolences to the families of those who were killed by the attack at the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 and prays for the speedy recovery of those who were injured.

The GKCIC is dedicated to bringing people together of all religions, and backgrounds. Deliberate desire to murder and maim human beings is the opposite of dialogue, mutual respect, and value for human life. We commend the first responders and so many others who rushed to the aid of victims, and who demonstrated the mutual respect, sense of value, and simple kindness that are the foundation for a peaceful society.

What can we do now that this tragedy has occurred? The Interfaith Council calls on all people to reject violence and hatred and to abandon fear of those with different ideas or from different backgrounds. Let’s come together and lean on each other for emotional and physical healing.

We are grateful to those who are keeping citizens safe, and pray for the police officers and others who are putting their lives on the line as new details continue to emerge. If we value the contributions of all members of society and extend respect to all, we will achieve the goal of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council — to build “the most welcoming community for all people.”

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