Interfaith Organization Promoting Healing and Unity on Inauguration Day

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Gary Caldwell for ELi

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The Interfaith Clergy Association of Greater Lansing will be releasing a video on Jan. 20, or Inauguration Day, tentatively titled “Time For Healing.”

Anyone can watch the video that will premiere at 10 a.m. and be available to view any time after that. Viewers can also share the video with anyone they wish.

The video will be released on the Clergy Association’s YouTube channel, and will consist of members of the Association offering readings and prayers. These will be “sacred and secular,” according to Reverend Dawn Christenson, an organizer of the video event, and the Intentional Interim Minister of Bostwick Lake Congregational UCC in Rockford, MI.

According to her, the goal of the event is to stand united, despite coming from various faiths, with the hope of healing the community.

“In our history, we have always stood united in our common humanity,” Christenson said. “And at this time in our Nation’s history, it is important for us as clergy to demonstrate that unity, lifting up the innate goodness in each of us as a people.”

The event was initially proposed by Rabbi Matthew Kaufman of Congregation Kehillat Israel in Lansing, in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. And according to Christenson, with continued violent rhetoric, the Association and the organizers of the video event felt healing, peace and unity should be fostered.

“We must see the commonality in our shared humanity, rather than enmity,” Christenson said. “If we can foster that, healing may begin. I pray that our united effort may usher in a new era of healing for the many wounded souls in our Nation.”

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