Blacks, Jews, and Marc Lamont Hill
Rabbi Michael Beals of Congregation Beth Shalom joined with other local religious leaders of Wilmington at Bethel African Methodist Church as an interfaith expression of solidarity right after Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life massacre of Jewish worshipers. Delaware rabbis, imams, and pastors spoke against antisemitism and religious discrimination, and denounced the rhetoric of the national politicians who they said are sowing racial and religious discord.
One of the pastors in attendance was Rev. Lawrence M. Livingston, pastor of the Mother African Union Church in Cool Spring who is the first vice president of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council, a group of clergy members in Wilmington who advocate for social justice issues, such as addressing racism in state government. At the service he states that “An assault on one faith is an assault on all our faith traditions,” and “We honor our Jewish brothers and sisters, we honor our Islamic brothers and sisters. We really are the antithesis of some of the hatred going on in the world.