CTS Participates in Interfaith Charlottesville Service

Chicago Theological Seminary students, staff, faculty, and Acting President Donald C. Clark, Jr. joined members of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities, as well as community organizers on Monday, August 14 to speak out against white supremacy and the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, VA last weekend.

Rev. Lisa N. Seiwert, CTS’ InterReligious Institute (IRI) Project Director was one of the featured speakers at Monday’s service. She offered a prayer of comfort to the nearly 100 people who were in attendance.

“To the God, our forgotten God, we confess that our memory is short, we fail to remember the sins of our country,” Rev. Seiwert said to the crowd, many of them with looks of despair and hopelessness on their faces.

Two days after white nationalists clashed with counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump was criticized for not call out the hate groups by name.

By Monday, he was singing a different tune and directly calling out the groups. By the next day, he reverted back to his original statement from the weekend.

The IRI plans to hold more workshops and events with the goal of interfaith collaboration and tools you can use to combat injustice in your community. Please visit the IRI page to find out more about upcoming events.