To the Editor:

The tragic shooting of a disturbed man by police at the West Brattleboro Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday brings to light the many challenges of living in our society. In the days since Sept. 11, people are warier, and more frightened. Often, we do not know what the next day holds. We are told of potential terrorist attacks, and to be "on alert."

We are told to continue to spend money and travel, and to put up with the many inconveniences associated with that. We watch the news with its stories of war - in Afghanistan and in the Middle East.

Because of the national and international situation, many people are seeking sanctuary in houses of worship these days - and Robert Woodward was one of those people.

He came to the Unitarian Universalist Church because he knew that that faith welcomed people of all kinds. He sought sanctuary. Unfortunately, he was killed by police. We will never know his true story.

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