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Never Again

Written by Mike Thee
April 10, 2012

Members of various faith communities will gather on our campus next Wednesday to solemnly remember a horrific episode in history while pledging to never again allow such an atrocity to occur. 

Seattle University is hosting "YomHaShoah: Remembering the Holocaust" from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 18. A national holiday in Israel, Yom HaShoah is observed throughout the world to remember the millions of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust. For several years, Seattle University has taken part in this very moving remembrance. As in the past, the School of Theology and Ministry is principally involved in facilitating this year's event in partnership with Campus Ministry, the Jewish Student Union, Temple De Hirsch Sinai and The Shemanski Institute for Christian and Jewish Understanding. 

For the first part of the April 18 campus observance Dr. Philip Wagenaar will share his experience as a Holocaust survivor (6-7:15 p.m. in Pigott Auditorium). His presentation will be followed by a candlelit vigil, progressing to an interreligious prayer service (7:30-8:30 pm. in St. Ignatius Chapel).

The observance of Yom HaShoah aligns with Seattle University's mission of building a more just and humane world and the School of Theology and Ministry's commitment to promoting interreligious partnerships, says Michael Trice, assistant dean of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. "As a school of theology and as a university, we want to be companions with our religious partners, and in this case to honor lives lost in the Jewish community even as we are mindful about what is required to be communities of faith and trust today."

"In remembering (the Holocaust), we also acknowledge that we haven't stopped violence," says Rachel Stacy, program manager for interreligious dialogue at STM. "It's important for us to come together as communities of faith and remember that we are all responsible for reducing not only genocide, but all forms of violence in our world."