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‘Together in Mourning and Hope,’ Interfaith religious leaders host virtual worship

Faith in the time of COVID-19
Faith in the time of COVID-19

MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin religious leaders across all faiths are coming together Tuesday night to bring comfort to the community right now.

Leaders planned "Together in Mourning and Hope" a few weeks ago, initially focused on helping people cope with the losses we've dealt with throughout the coronavirus pandemic: jobs, education and social and family time.

"We're all mourning for all those things, but we're also hoping that something good will come out of all this, in a renewed dedication to making this a better society for everybody," said Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, executive director of Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.

That organization, along with Wisconsin Council of Churches, is putting on a live-streamed worship service at 7 p.m.

Margulis says it's even more important to come together across all faiths, as communities struggle with unrest, while demonstrators try to spread messages about racial equity.

"All these things are connected and they're all part of the same larger issue, so I hope that people will tune in and I hope that they may learn something and hopefully get some comfort and healing and some sense of community and renewed commitment to working together to make society better and more equitable for everybody," Margulis told 27 News.

Viewers will hear from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Unitarian faith leaders, along with music and prayer.

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice is also hosting a similar event Wednesday night on Facebook, to focus on voting and finding safe ways to carry out the election as the pandemic continues. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will be the keynote speaker. Click here for information on that event.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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