Presiding and Bishop of Ohio Messages
Tree of Life Synagogue Murders

Presiding Bishop Curry’s, Bishop Hollingsworth’s and Acting Dean Gaston’s Messages

Tree of Life Synagogue Murders

October 30, 2018

Presiding Bishop’s statement on Tree of Life tragedy

Dear Friends,

I’m here in Des Moines, Iowa at the convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa. It’s Saturday, and several hours ago you learned, as did we all, that a gunman entered Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. A number of people have been killed and wounded. Our Jewish neighbors, our brothers and sisters, are fearful and we must stand with them and provide comfort and support for them and for all. It is reported that the gunman not only ranted anti-Semitic sayings, he has also ranted and spoken against immigrants and refugees and other peoples.


A Message From the Bishop: Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

In church this morning, my prayers were filled with thoughts of yesterday’s horrific attack at Tree of Life Synagogue. I imagine that yours were as well. Especially as we listened to the Hebrew scripture and recited the psalm, the presence and pain of the Jewish community, both in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and around the world, felt very immediate.


A Message from Acting Dean Gaston: Tree of Life Synagogue Murders

Dear Trinity kindred,
Like you, I reacted with horror and disbelief when I heard the news of the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue congregation as they worshiped on Saturday. Eleven worshipers were killed and so many more injured.