Dear UCV members and friends:
Most of us know by now that there was a deadly assault on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We cannot imagine the grief and loss. I feel devastated and angry.
I urge all of us to think, with gratitude, of the relative peace and safety we enjoy gathering and worshipping together. May we also be mindful that Muslim children, men and women are our sisters and brothers. An attack on them at worship for Friday prayers, is very much an attack on us and all people of good will who value a diverse and free society.
I attended Friday prayers at the Jamia Mosque on 8th Avenue to witness and extend our solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Rev. Steven Epperson
There will be a prayer vigil tonight, Friday, March 15th, 7:30 pm at the Al-Jamia Mosque in Vancouver. All UU’s are encouraged to participate in solidarity and support.
From the Canadian Unitarian Council
The world weeps with the news of senseless violence and death, and hold in our hearts the victims and families of the New Zealand mosque shooting. Violence of this kind fueled by hatred and fear cannot be allowed to exist. We choose to respond with love and refuse to respond with more violence.
In the face of our grief, we pledge ourselves anew to act with compassion. Holding true to the inherent worth and dignity of each being, we are moved to respond with kindness and empathy when faced with ignorance and bigotry.
Unitarians will show up beside our Muslim colleagues and siblings. We embrace expressions of religion which champion inclusion and cooperation among all faiths. We will continue to work towards a world where our interdependence is manifested through love and justice.
To demonstrate solidarity and support, we encourage UUs across Canada to participate in vigils in their local communities.
– From the CUC Board President and Vice President, CUC Executive Director and the UU Ministers of Canada