The Loyola Marymount University community stands with the nation and the world in grieving the senseless and tragic deaths of eleven worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As President Snyder shared yesterday on social media, we stand in solidarity with all those whose beliefs make them targets for hatred. As a university founded on a commitment to the service of faith and the promotion of justice, we also condemn acts of violence, such as those perpetrated over these past few days in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, that are intended to terrorize communities.
Tonight, Monday, Oct. 29, we will come together as one LMU family, as people of all faiths and of none, to remember the eleven women and men who lost their lives at the Tree of Life Synagogue. All are welcome to attend a vigil at 9 p.m. on the steps of Sacred Heart Chapel, where we will speak and sing and hear the words of several faith traditions as we join our many voices in praying for an end to hate-filled violence in our neighborhoods, our schools, and our houses of worship.
In the days ahead, let us look to our own hearts, that we may root out hate and recognize that we belong to one another. And may the memories of the women and men of the Tree of Life Synagogue be for a blessing.
With prayers for peace,
John T. Sebastian, Ph.D.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry