Come Together Interfaith Service

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    When:
    January 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    2017-01-19T18:00:00-07:00
    2017-01-19T20:00:00-07:00
    Where:
    Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    2331 E Adams St
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    USA
    Cost:
    Free

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    Hosted by Culture of Peace Alliance.

    GRACE ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH EXTENDS AN INVITATION TO THE TUCSON
    COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER IN UNITY

    ON THE EVE OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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    1. Full house tonight at Grace St. Paul’s, joining together in a “crucial time”, to love and support all per Rector Rev. Steve Keplinger. LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley spoke to “love one another”, to reach out in the spirit of love. Sat Bir Khalsa chanted a Sikh prayer, saying to “combat hate into the garden of the beloved community”. Ahmed Meiloud from the Islamic Center spoke of “justice, mercy & compassion, to humble yourself”, while Rev. Bart Smith of St. Mark’s said “do not be afraid, as “perfect love casts out fear”. Rev. Ernie Galaz from St. Andrew’s in Nogales said he was saddened by recent events, but to “seek goodness”, while Sarah Aljameel, an Iraqi refugee was happy to be welcomed to America, to do her best here. “Love works in the culture of fear, which could obscure hope” said Rev. John Paul Forte of the Newman Center, who lead all in the “Let it Sing” song of MLK Jr. A Turkish, Muslim woman & professor Semiah Topal wanted all to “focus on humanity (lost in her native Turkey), the “essence of the universe”.
      Chants were done between these speakers, ending with candle lighting of hope with intentions/prayers. Then Rev. Keplinger called to action, that we remain “united in love, ready to love our enemy.” Closing hymn was “We Shall Overcome”, sung in the Civil Rights Movement days. Reception followed in their McBridge Hall. TUSD Governing Bd. member Kristel Foster in attendance.

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