We share our deep grief and agony at the terrible and shocking terrorist attack against the minority Muslim Community in Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. We weep with those bereaved, we pray for those injured. We utterly condemn such appalling violence against innocents and we fully and wholeheartedly reject the ideology behind this attack.
We stand in solidarity with the Anglican Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia who have released a statement condemning the attack: “All of us who live here in Aotearoa New Zealand must stand in solidarity in the face of such evil – and we call upon Anglicans throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours who wish to live here in peace.”
We share the words of Bishop Peter Carrell on behalf of the leaders of churches in Christchurch city and Canterbury Province: “We stand for an Aotearoa New Zealand which will never condone such violence.”
The Christchurch Inner-City Christian Ministers’ Association published a letter to the Muslim Community of Christchurch which, “extend our love to the wider Muslim Community of Christchurch and assure them of our friendship and support at this time of great loss…. As members of two faith traditions, born out of a shared Abrahamic inheritance, we stand in solidarity with you.”
We stand with the Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims who condemn this violence and state: “Now is the time to stand together, support our Muslim friends.”
We share the words of Ikhlaq Kashkari of the New Zealand Muslim Association who says:
“We all share the sorrow from this tragedy and urge all New Zealanders to stay calm and united….We cannot allow these type of people to divide our community.”
Director of Global Relations, USPG