By Steve Klamkin, WPRO News
Leaders in the Rhode Island religious community issued a call for peace Monday, days after a cease-fire agreement succeeded in cooling off rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.
Standing in the shadow of the statue of Rhode Island founder and champion for religious freedom Roger Williams in Prospect Park overlooking Providence, three faith leaders discussed what they called a 'common vision for peace' among Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
"We do share one common goal," said the Rev. Dr. Donald Anderson, Executive Minister of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches. "And, that is to live at peace with one another."
"The events that are happening in the Middle East are heartbreaking, but they are not an expression of our faiths," said Rabbi Amy Levin, President of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island.
"This is the example, this is the picture that I believe that Islam certainly represents, and should be representing to the world" said Imam Farid Ansari, President of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement. "Not a picture of violence and hostility and discord, but a picture of unity, peace and harmony for the human family."
"I believe in the power of prayer," said Rev. Anderson. "And I believe that as people come together and pray together for a common good and a common goal, that things can happen."
Among other activities, the group plans a vigil at the State House at the start of the new legislative session to call on Rhode Island's political leaders to govern with wisdom and justice.
Video by Steve Klamkin
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