CHICAGO (TOC) — Dozens crowded the sidewalk in entrance of Lakeview’s Second Unitarian Church Sunday, each to specific their help for the church and for reproductive rights.
The rally comes within the wake of an act of vandalism perpetrated towards the church almost two weeks in the past.
“What we all know is, our voices echo even louder than theirs for justice love,” stated Rev. Jason Lydon, with Second Unitarian Church.
On was August 24, round 1 p.m., two girls have been caught on mobile phone video throwing rocks on the church and the register entrance of it. Apparently offended by its pro-abortion rights message.
Nobody was within the constructing and the harm was restricted to damaged glass, however those that got here out for Sunday’s rally see the intent behind it as the true downside.
“I really feel so violated as a result of somebody attacked our church and did harm to our church over one thing we imagine,” stated Susan Richards, a member of Second Unitarian Church.
“Acts of violence do not happen in a vacuum,” Rabbi Brant Rosen, with Congregation Tzedek Chicago added. “That is a part of an total tradition of incitement and violence that is happening in our nation.”
Second Unitarian Church is understood for its progressive stance on a variety of social points, not simply abortion. Supporters embrace members of the church, but in addition of like-minded non secular congregations across the metropolis.
“The underside line is, we present up. We present up for our associates and neighbors right here and since our trigger is essential to democracy,” stated Gail Stern, a supporter of Second Unitarian Church. “My discipline is sexual violence prevention and people two points are actually linked as a result of it has to do with somebody having the autonomy to resolve what occurs or doesn’t occur to their very own physique.”
Whereas the harm to the register entrance of the church has been fastened, a fist-sized gap stays on the stained glass window. The 2 girls who perpetrated the act of vandalism haven’t but been recognized.
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