We will overcome evil with good
Hate is hate and cannot be interpreted as anything but a violation of the God-given dignity each of person has. This is regardless of what we are blessed with as embodiments of a confluence of identities. We are grieved by several thoughts and acts of hate in recent days punctuated by the killing of South Asian engineer in Kansas City, and the desecration of Jewish cemeteries across the country — including one in Rochester. Furthermore, fear has been stoked among new immigrants and migrant farmworkers who play a crucial role in living wholesome and meaningful lives, produce our food and more in our region.
Faith leaders in the Rochester area have been in contact with each other through this terribly scary time in the life of our nation. I want you to know that we are planning several responses and are praying and supporting one another at the same time. We are grateful to our state and city's leaders — for their bold and clearheaded leadership in declaring the State of New York and Rochester as a Sanctuary State and City, respectively. It is important for each of us as faithful people to stand together as Americans in defending our constitution and our agency in practicing our democracy, as one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.
It is important that we do not isolate ourselves during such a time. Please reach out to leaders in your respective religious community for any concern or need you may be facing.
I am confident that we will overcome evil with good.
Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace!
The Rt. Rev. Prince G. Singh
VIII Episcopal Bishop in Rochester