Although Beverly Brun was not with us at World Sabbath this year, her spirit was felt throughout the event. Her husband, Rev. Dr. Wesley Brun tearfully accepted the World Sabbath Peace Award in her memory, followed by an angelic tribute by the liturgical dancers from her congregation, the Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills.
As we waved hundreds of multi-colored scarves to celebrate our diversity, we felt Beverly’s legacy as a long-time member of the World Sabbath planning committee.
Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace. Under the soaring roof of Temple Beth El, Jews, Christians of all denominations, Muslims, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Baha’is, Jains, Buddhists, and Hare Krishnas shared blessings and prayers, music and dance.
From the opening procession of the committee, the community’s faith leaders, and the Children of Peace, to the resounding round of shofar blasts, we came together to celebrate all that is different about our religions and our cultures and to rejoice in the love for one another that is the same across these traditions.
Thank you to all who came, to our hosts at Temple Beth El, and to Christ Church Cranbrook, where we all look forward to next year’s World Sabbath.