Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
Deplorable: deserving censure or contempt. Example: setting a house of worship on fire. Example: inciting hatred and acts of violence. Example: sharing things, including opinions, that incite hatred and acts of violence. A suspect is in custody charged with the arson and suspected hate crime at a Fort Pierce mosque. His actions (if indeed his) are deplorable. Should we burn the places where he has worshipped, or hung out, or even passed through? Of course, not! Why not? Because, obviously, that would be deplorable, too. Hate and violence never help. Love and hope do!
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
“We should get together without a crisis.” Words uttered at vigils over the last three months. Good idea! You are invited to “Conversations with Our Faith Neighbors: A Community Collaboration Celebrating our Religious Diversity” running nine Wednesday evenings, September 21 – November 16. The free (donations welcome), drop-in series at First Unitarian in collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, features speakers from various faith traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Unitarian Universalism, Free Thought. The program is from 7:00-8:00 pm but a light dinner before and tea after offer time for conversation and community building.
The series focuses on state and local news.
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