Love in Boston

We are surrounded by love in the wake of tragedy. This week, we celebrate this Spirit of love here in Boston and beyond.

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LOVE IS COMMUNITY

Vigils sprang up throughout the City of Boston yesterday, demonstrating  the resilience that lies at the core of our human experience. Love  expressed through community is what the Boston Marathon represents, and  it is precisely such love that we must remember to nurture in the face  of violence and hatred. See more photos from yesterday's vigils here.

LOVE IS NOT EASY
Responding to Boston With Holy Anger

by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Huffington Post Blog

Choosing holy anger over what Raushenbush terms demonic anger requires a lot of us both in terms of commitment and awareness. It is not easy to recognize that the most profound kind of love may emerge from this holy anger. He wonderfully evokes Harold Kushner, who wrote, "If suffering and death brings us to explore the limits of our capacity for strength, love and cheerfulness, if it leads us to discover sources of consolation we never knew before, then we make the person or event into a witness for the affirmation of life rather than its rejection."

LOVE IS PRAYER
The Helpers and the Hope

video by Jessica Ferguson

prayer by Rev. Sue Phillips

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LOVE IS POWER

Martin  Luther King, Jr. once urged this nation to love deeply in  the face of hatred. May we remind ourselves of his words, which  articulated so poignantly the way in which love and power must be one  force operating together for good.