Auburn Seminary calls for healing and action after New Zealand mosque shooting

MARCH 15, 2019
Contact: Loretta Kane (917-410-7242 or [email protected])

Statement of President Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson

NEW YORK — Mass shootings at two mosques by white supremacist in New Zealand left over 45 people dead. Auburn President the Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson issued the following statement in response:

“As news continues to come out from the horrific gun violence at New Zealand mosques, we cry out ‘How long?’ How long must we wait before we put down our arms and stop the hate? How long will people turn a blind eye to the direct correlation between anti-Muslim rhetoric and the radicalization of white supremacist terrorists such as this? Even as our hearts break with those who have lost their loved ones, our resolve strengthens as we continue to commit ourselves to ending anti-Muslim bigotry.

“This attack is part of the same international plague of white supremacy that led to the heinous shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in October of 2018. I call upon leaders of faith and all people who understand the need for change to join together to create a world in which we not only tolerate diverse religious views but we embrace our Muslim sisters and brothers. Together we must build an inclusive, loving worldview, united in one belief: We are all God’s children and we all belong.”

Auburn Senior Fellows, Linda Sarsour and Valerie Kaur are promoting two efforts to support the Muslim families in New Zealand. Valerie has started a campaign on Auburn’s Groundswell petition platform to send love and solidarity to the families, which people can support here. Linda is promoting a fundraising campaign to support the families here.


Auburn is a leadership development and research institute, working to build the field of the multifaith movement for justice. From local to global, Auburn equips leaders of faith and moral courage and brings together unlikely partners to address today’s seemingly intractable challenges, strengthen communities and inspire hope.



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