A bond that transcends


To the Editor:

On Wednesday evening, April 30, there was a standing-room-only gathering of Vineyarders at the Hebrew Center to offer concerted prayer for the victims of a terrible car crash near Richmond, Virginia, as reported in the May 1 edition of the Martha’s Vineyard Times. It was a diverse group representative of the Vineyard community as a whole. The gathering bespoke a bond that transcends many boundaries, and the prayers came from all levels of our Vineyard life. It was a reminder that however isolated, geographically or otherwise, the people of this island are a family, a community, many-faceted but unified in its response to threat of persons of its own. That care rests on love, and access to the all-powerful God who is at the center of our combined concern and prayers. The community image represented there should somehow be emblazoned on our corporate identity, not to be forgotten or taken for granted in our everyday life.

The Rev. Paul S. Dawson

Vineyard Haven