STATEMENT: Terror in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 23, 2019

STATEMENT OF AUBURN SEMINARY PRESIDENT THE REV. DR. KATHARINE RHODES HENDERSON

We are sickened by the horror and death of Christian worshipers at the hands of terrorists in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We give thanks for their precious lives, offer prayers for the families of the loved ones, and solidarity with the Christian Churches that must now live in fear, even as they practice their religion. We remember Sikhs in Oak Creek, Christians in Charleston and Jews in Pittsburgh, and Muslims in New Zealand. All across the world, people are being targeted because of their faith, and a vicious circle of violence is propagated by a few in hopes of sowing division among us.

We at Auburn believe that people of different faiths can and must work together to build a more just and generous world for all of God’s beloved children, regardless of the religion they practice, race, gender, or identity. We stand with all people of good will who reject violence, extremism, and hatred of the other.

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