Last Summer I spent a week in the Boston area visiting Chaplains. So I could recall the places around Copley Square where the marathon ended.
During my visit I met with Cameron Partridge, Episcopalian Chaplain at Boston University. Lu Lingzi, a graduate student from BU was one of the people killed in the Marathon Bombing.
I also spent a sunny day at MIT with Kari-Jo Verhulst the Lutheran Chaplain. Sean Collier from the MIT police was shot and killed by alleged bombers.
One of the issues in any response to violence and terror is how to regard those who commit violence and atrocity. The acts were horrific and need to be named accurately. However, we have also seen the unwelcome and unacceptable demonising of Muslims and other minority groups.
Thinking about this backlash phenomenon I came across this short blog piece called ‘Love could not bear that’. It draws on an old Christian story that warns against projecting our own inner conflicts and violence onto others. It is from a source of orthodox Christian stories that were new to me.
It has another contemporary message for Christians who feel they always need some group to be ‘against’. But I will let you read that for yourselves.
Thanks to Rev Michael K. Marsh, a priest of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of West Texas for his blog ‘Interrupting the Silence’.