U.S. Rep. McSally Welcomes Guest Chaplain Tucson Rabbi Louchheim
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Martha McSally (AZ-02) hosted Rabbi Thomas Louchheim as the Guest Chaplain to lead the opening prayer for the House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 17.
To watch the Rabbi’s opening prayer followed by Rep. McSally’s remarks, click below:
After Rabbi Louchheim completed the prayer, Rep. McSally spoke on the House recognizing his years of service to the Tucson community.
“I have personally witnessed Rabbi Louchheim’s compassion and leadership in the faith community in Southeastern Arizona. I am honored to welcome him to the House of Representatives today —and to personally thank him for offering this morning's prayer,” said Rep. McSally in a statement on the House Floor.
Rabbi Louchheim serves as Rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson, Arizona.
Rep. McSally with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim and Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, chaplain for the House of Representatives.
Transcript of Rabbi’s Prayer
Loving God, each day raise up these good women and men who are serving our country with honor. Renew in them the faith, hope, and love that brought them to this vital work. Rekindle in them the passion that first called them to serve.
May you, our elected Representatives from every state in our great nation, be granted today the courage of your convictions, and may your eyes, your ears and your hearts be open to possibilities not yet imagined.
Compassionate God, may our fellow Americans remember that these, your servants, are each made in the divine image. They are our brothers and sisters in a family bridging all philosophical lines. May we treat them with respect, for we know not the hard battles they must fight.
May Your blessings be on our Military and Diplomats serving overseas: Keep them safe from harm, keep their souls strong, and strengthen them to serve with honor and courage.
May our prayers for kindness and justice, freedom and peace be answered in our own day. Amen.
Transcript of Rep. McSally’s Floor Remarks
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor Rabbi Thomas Louchheim, who led us in the opening prayer. He is the rabbi at Congregation Or Chadash in Tucson, Arizona.
Rabbi Louchheim moved to Tucson with his wife, Marcia, in 1989, and he has been a pillar in our community ever since. Having served as the rabbi at Temple Emanu-El and as an executive for Handmaker Hospice, he is a strong advocate for peace and religious harmony.
He worked closely with the Muslim community in the aftermath of September 11, and he has continued to promote understanding by organizing annual Muslim-Jewish Peace Walks.
He founded the first Jewish-Christian-Muslim scriptural study group in our community and has contributed to interfaith literature. In a world where religion too often divides us, Rabbi Louchheim has shown that we are all stronger together.
Rabbi Louchheim's influence extends past Southeastern Arizona. In fact, his influence reaches beyond this Earth. The rabbi is the namesake for the only space object in the universe named after a rabbi -- Asteroid 9584 Louchheim.
I was honored to join Rabbi Louchheim in a Holocaust Remembrance walk last year and I have personally witnessed his compassion and leadership in the faith community in Southeastern Arizona. I am honored to welcome him to the House of Representatives today —and to personally thank him for offering this morning's prayer.