This morning, dozens of members of the Westboro Baptist Church gathered in Cambridge to protest the memorial service held for Reverend Peter J. Gomes. The church members were here for the second time this school year, after a protest against Hillel in December. Across the street, counter-protesters gathered to demonstrate their opinions on the church's statements.
Student organizations that have protested the Westboro Baptist Church in the past plan to ignore the group’s picket in Harvard Square this morning, according to student leaders from Harvard College Queer Students and Allies and the Harvard College Democrats.
The University will hold a memorial service honoring the life of the late Reverend Peter J. Gomes at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard. Gomes—who served as the church's minister and the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals for the past 35 years—died late February.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Islamic leader who rose to prominence through his proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero and the first imam to speak at Memorial Church, called for spiritual unity at a time of conflicts among different faiths during a sermon yesterday.
Reverend Peter J. Gomes, who passed away Monday, was one of Harvard's most beloved figures.