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We lament the pre-emptive and illegal war against Iraq

Interfaith Service of Lamentation and Hope



GATHERING MUSIC Jenny Holland, flute David Moldenhauer, piano

PRELUDE Dona Nobis Pacem
by Giulio Caccini, arr. James Moore

Stephanie Darbo, soprano

When truth has fallen in the public squares (Isaiah 59), falsehood becomes the memory norm of a people unless someone provides a truthful narrative befitting democracy at its best. Truth telling, our purpose today in the name of the God of Peace and Justice, calls for transparency and accountability from all parties, offering judgment, self-examination, and the hope of restoration.

We recognize that all of us as a nation bear responsibility for the fall of truth. It is the responsibility of each citizen of the United States to reflect on one’s own role in the decisions of presidential administrations and it behooves us to make whatever changes are necessary for the common good.



We lament the misinformation used to justify the war against Iraq, a country with no weapons of mass destruction despite the assurance of the Bush administration to the contrary.

We lament the muting of dissent by the Bush presidency during the U.S. initiated war in Iraq, casting doubt on the patriotism of those opposing the war.

We lament President Bush’s wrongful assumption that U.S. invasion and occupation would make the U.S. more secure when in fact the consequence was increased recruitment of would-be terrorists.

We lament the claim by the Bush administration that our nation was protected from terrorist attacks when in fact the worst terrorist attack in history on U.S. soil occurred during the Bush presidency.

We lament resistance to acknowledge claims of the scientific community regarding climate change.

ALL: We call upon God to guide us towards truth telling in the public square.

SPEAKER Hadi Jawad

We lament the pre-emptive and illegal war against Iraq, a nation unrelated to the September 11, 2001 attack on the United States.

We lament the death of more Americans on the altar of an unnecessary war in Iraq than were killed in the Twin Towers attack.

We lament the death of innocent Iraqis by U.S. “shock and awe” bombing in the name of freedom and democracy.

We lament the U.S. occupation of Iraq, a form of terror trampling the occupied and corrupting the occupier.

ALL: We call upon God to lead us towards the use of nonviolence to address and solve issues of global conflict.

SPEAKER Rev. Holsey Hickman We lament the billions of dollars spent on attacking Iraq and Afghanistan while U.S.

infrastructure deteriorated and massive poverty increased in the United States.

We lament the Bush presidency tax breaks for the wealthy rather than lifting up special concern for low income citizens and persons in poverty, thus violating the compassionate beliefs of virtually all world religions.

We lament the suffering of thousands of United States veterans and their families who struggle day in and day out beyond public sight with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries because the Bush presidency chose to sacrifice their well being under the false rhetoric of national security.

ALL: We call upon God to teach us to how best to combine justice with reconciliation.

SPEAKER Rev. Heidi Miller We lament the domestic surveillance and wiretapping of American citizens carried out

by the Bush administration.

We lament the claim of President Bush to be above the law as Commander-in-Chief in the interests of national security, projecting an aura of infallibility.

We lament the unnecessary loss of life following Hurricane Katrina due to the ineptitude and neglect of the Bush administration.

We lament the lack of appropriate regulations in business and commerce during the Bush presidency that opened the door to widespread violations of human decency, obscene bonuses among corporate executives, and the near collapse of the nation’s financial structure.

ALL: We call upon God to embolden us to speak truth to power, yet empowering us to love those whose practices we oppose.

SPEAKER Rabbi Steve Fisch We lament the uprooting of millions of Iraqis from their homes and forced into

becoming refugees due to U.S. invasion and occupation.

We lament the disavowal by the Bush presidency of long standing global agreements, including the Kyoto Environmental Protocol and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

We lament the support of the so-called NAFTA, CAFTA and TPP free trade agreements that make the rich richer and the poor poorer.

We lament the approval and practice of torture by the Bush presidency in violation of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, thus violating international law.

We lament President Bush’s naming of Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as an “axis of evil” instead of environmental degradation, pandemic poverty made worse by war, and a world awash with weapons.

ALL: We call upon God to lead our country away from war towards diplomacy and peaceful cooperation with other nations and powers.

SPEAKER Rev. Diane Baker

We lament the Bush administration’s disconnect with the best of our various faith traditions that aspire to protection of human rights, economic justice, and peace through peaceful means.

We lament the presumption of a presidency that promotes American Exceptionalism assuming that American values, culture, and beliefs should be universal and that the United States serves providentially assigned purposes.

We lament the message sent by the Bush presidency to American youth and the youth of the world that violence is the appropriate means to address human differences or conflicts.

We lament allowing our government and others to blame one ethnic and religious group as responsible for the atrocities of 9/11 and to continue that scapegoating, which has perpetuated much suffering of Muslim and Arab people.

ALL: We call upon God to bring forth the deepest traditions of peace and justice from all our faith communities.

MUSICAL MEDITATION You Are the Image and the Hope

by Jacques Berthier
Jenny Holland, flute; David Moldenhauer, piano


Lord of hope and compassion, Friend of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar,
Who called our father and mothers in faith to journey to a new future,
We remember before you the country of Iraq from which they were summoned, Ancient land of the Middle East, realm of the two rivers,
Birthplace of great cities and of civilization.
May we who name ourselves children of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar,
Call to mind all the peoples of the Middle East who honor them as father and mothers. Those who guard and celebrate the Torah,
Those for whom the Word has walked on earth and lived among us
Those who follow their Prophet, who listened for the word in the desert
And shaped a community after what he heard.
Lord of reconciliation, God of the painful sacrifice uniting humankind,
We long for the day when you will provide for all nations of the earth your blessing of peace.
But now when strife and war are at hand, help us to see in each other a family likeness, our inheritance from our father Abraham and mothers Sarah and Hagar.
Keep hatred from the threshold of our hearts, and preserve within us a generous spirit which recognizes in both foe and friend a common humanity.
This we ask in the name of the one who came to offer us the costly gift of abundant life.


Leader: Remembering the arc of history is long and bends towards the rebirth of prophetic words and acts of justice, and committing ourselves to the deepest truths of our faith traditions

ALL: We hope for the day when mercy and forgiveness overcome hatred and revenge We hope for the day of turning swords into ploughshares, weapons factories into playgrounds
We hope for the day when we can see walls torn down rather than built up

We hope for the day when broken things are made whole

Leader: Maintaining awareness of own capacity for violence, and seeking wisdom continually to explore the path of nonviolence through humility rather than hubris

We hope to forego our own political and cultural selfishness
We hope to learn to reason together to break the cycles of attack and retaliation
We hope to see children protected, sleeping with dreams not nightmares, singing songs of
 innocence, playing in fields without fear of landmines and drones.
We hope to weep tears of release and joy, not tears of grief and pain

Leader: Recognizing that “just peace” is a marathon, not a sprint, and opening ourselves to live in complexity, controversy, and conflict when necessary

We hope for economies dedicated to providing food not bombs
We hope for governments existing by and for the people not for economic power
We hope for religious and cultural groups to stand for justice and peace whatever the cost

We hope for reconciliation from understanding others and working for truth

Leader: Remembering our mentors who have nourished our commitment to the prophetic, and learning strategies to work for public polices to benefit the common good

We hope for inspiration to find new ways to solve common problems We hope for strength to struggle against the darkness
We hope for courage to act as well as to speak

Leader: Working unceasingly for peace and justice come what may, and grounding ourselves in the sacred privilege of seeking the purposes of the God of Many Names: shalom, salaam, peace

ALL: We hope to sit at one table, fed in body and spirit by our One God


Hadi Jawad

O Thou, who art the Perfection of Love, Harmony and Beauty,
The Lord of heaven and earth,
Open our hearts, that we may hear Thy Voice, which constantly cometh from within. Disclose to us Thy Divine Light, which is hidden in our souls, that we may know and understand life better.
Most Merciful and Compassionate God, give us Thy great Goodness,
Teach us Thy loving Forgiveness,
Raise us above the distinctions and differences which divide us,
Send us the Peace of Thy Divine Spirit,
And unite us all in Thy Perfect Being.

Ameen. ( rhymes with being)

POSTLUDE Threads of Love by Lorie Line


Rabbi Steve Fisch, Congregation Beth-el Binah
Rev. Dr. Katherine Godby, Cathedral of Hope--UCC
Joyce Hall, Pax Christi
Hadi Jawad
Rev. Ryan Koch, Pastor, Peace Mennonite Church
Rev. Bill K. McElvaney, Perkins School of Theology Emeritus Kelli Obazee, Executive Director, Dallas Peace Center
Lynn Walters, Executive Director, Hope for Peace & Justice

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