Day: December 14, 2020

Driver shouted slurs, ran over a man at menorah lighting

Tonight’s lighting was centered around standing up to hatred, following the antisemitic attack at the Chabad at UK Jewish Student Center and the regrettable silence from some in the aftermath. The fact that this event to was marred by violence is horrifying, but through it all our Menorah has stayed lit.
May we soon see the day where the light of the menorah is seen everywhere, and we never know of darkness or hate. – Chabad of the Bluegrass

Black churches attacked during pro-Trump rallies

Last night demonstrators who were part of the MAGA gatherings tore down our Black Lives Matter sign and literally burned it in the street. The sign burning was captured on Twitter. It pained me especially to see our name, Asbury, in flames. For me it was reminiscent of cross burnings. Seeing this act on video made me both indignant and determined to fight the evil that has reared its ugly head. – Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills, Senior Pastor

Gunman opens fire after St. John the Divine concert

Our Carols for the Community event this afternoon was interrupted by an armed individual, who set off a round of gunfire into the air from our front steps. Thankfully, no injuries were reported among the attendees and the suspect is in custody. It is horrible that our choir’s gift to New York City, a much-needed afternoon of song and unity, was cut short by this shocking act of violence. We will remain strong, together, and serve as a safe space for prayer, meditation and celebration during the upcoming holiday season. We are grateful to our first responders, and our prayers are with all those affected by this event.

St. John of the Cross and Mystics

“In our class, the professor, a dynamic Jesuit priest named John Mossi, asked us what we thought a mystic was and there were a variety of answers. ‘A saint,’ someone said. ‘A person who has out of body experiences,’ another suggested. ‘Someone who is especially holy,’ added a third.”