We are heartsick over the brutal beating of Mikey Partida on March 10. No person should ever suffer the injuries that sent Partida to the intensive care unit. That this appears to be a hate crime based on the victim’s perceived sexual orientation saddens us even more.
As clergy and laity in the Abrahamic faiths, we subscribe to the principle that “while few are guilty, all are responsible.” Therefore, we must all work to overcome the hateful climate that surrounds us and to ensure that such hateful acts are never committed in our community again.
We will pray for Mikey and his family that they may heal from this trauma. We also will pray for the perpetrator that he may ask forgiveness for the pain he has caused them. We pray that our world reflect God’s grace and not hatred of others.
We ask people of faith to pray for our community and to consider donating to the fund set up to pay for Mikey’s medical bills. Go to Mikey’s Justice Fund on Facebook.
Celebration of Abraham organizers