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'May God be with us as we move forward together'

As of noon, Wednesday, we have a new president. Moving forward will take great commitment to family, faith, community, and country. Fighting the pandemic is our most critical national priority. Get vaccinated if you can when it is your turn. Take every precaution not to spread the virus. If you are able, volunteer in some way to help the effort.

We must also face the pandemics of racism, poverty, and inequalities of all kinds. Facing these pandemics will take great courage. Pledge allegiance to the high ideals of our country toward which we all must strive. On Monday was the annual Martin Luther King Day observance at Shiloh Baptist Church. Rev. Florence Clarke told us, our fellows are crying out to us, "see me," for who I am, not what I am painted to be. Show love for your fellow Americans by knowing them, understanding their experiences, and hearing their voices.

Diversity has always been our strength. As Mayor Passero and Jerry Fischer told us, we have a long journey, and there is hope. As Rev. Michael Cagle implored us, we must move forward. At the end of the journey is justice. May God be with us as we move forward together.

Temple Emanu-El Rabbi Marc E. Ekstrand

Co-chair of the Greater New London Clergy Association




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