An Interfaith Gathering for Solidarity, Understanding, and Peace

By Sr. Nathanael Lee  Originally Published on the OMIUSA JPIC Blogspot
Sr. Nathanael Lee is from South Korea and a member of the Little Servants of the Holy Family congregation. She is interning at JPIC’s office in Washington, DC.


interfaithatGU1On December 16th I was privileged to attend an extraordinary event at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. When I read promotion materials I was captivated right away by the event’s title: “An Interfaith Gathering for Solidarity, Understanding, and Peace.” This turned out to be among the most inspiring prayer services I have ever participated in.

The world is still reeling from the unspeakable tragedies in the wake of the Paris terror attacks and San Bernardino, CA massacre. These events have further escalated our concerns and worries about security in public places. We have learned from both tragedies that violence of this kind can be unleashed not only on a battlefield, but also against regular civilians going about their normal lives. These tragedies have also made us feel angry, fearful and suspicious of people we perceive as different from us.

During these difficult and stressful times we need interfaith events like these more than ever. We are witnessing an increase in terror attacks on a global scale, and Mr. Donald Trump’s recent statements calling for a ban on all Muslims traveling to the U.S. have resulted in further backlash against the Islamic community. This is why I felt so honored to be a part of an interfaith audience that stood together for solidarity, understanding, and peace.