As people of faith,
we are alarmed and deeply saddened by the news of the senseless killing of people when they are worshiping, their most sacred and safe spaces. The senseless killing has emerged repeatedly with the recent killing of Muslim worshippers at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the October 2018 killing of Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, the 2015 massacre of Christian worshippers during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and the ongoing display of hate the plagues our world.
We are outraged that our children must witness a world full of so much hate and hurt. We grieve and offer heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of those that lost their lives and those that were injured. May acts of hate like these remind us all of our human responsibility to kindly speak the truth, respect differences, dispel myths, stand for justice, and maintain peace and security.
There are conversations that we all should have with one another and with our children. We owe it to our children to move beyond our prayers and words as each of us take actions to make our world great and safe for all children.
- Interfaith Children’s Movement