A Statement from Framingham Interfaith Community Association submitted to SOURCE. Written by Rev. Dr. Deborah Clark, convener, on behalf of the Framingham Interfaith Community Association
Yesterday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, 49 people were killed by terrorists in an orchestrated act of hate.
Forty-nine human beings–each someone’s daughter or son, friend or spouse; each with gifts to offer our world. Forty-nine people worshipping God together, following the teachings of Islam – which means “peace.”
It is horrifying on so many levels. It is horrifying to try to fathom the grief of the
families, friends and community of the people killed. It is horrifying to acknowledge the terrible trauma experienced by everyone there and everyone who fears it happening in their own community.
It is horrifying to be confronted yet again with the reality of the power of hate. It is horrifying when a sacred place of peace is violated.
This act is particularly horrifying because it is part of a larger, global pattern of hate directed at our Muslim siblings.
As members of Framingham Interfaith Community Association, we write to express our deep sorrow and outrage at this and all acts of hatred and terror.
All of our faith traditions, each with unique stories and insights, teach of the value of every human life.
All our traditions instruct us to reach out to strangers and sojourners, to seek understanding and reconciliation, and to care for our neighbors as we care for ourselves.
We come together to condemn this and all acts of hatred and terror.
In this time of tragedy and grief, we express our deep desire to be in solidarity with our Muslim neighbors.
We stand with you in saying no to hate.
We join with you in prayers for healing and justice.
We commit ourselves to working together to build understanding and respect, and to celebrating the gifts every faith community brings.
We are so grateful to be part of the city of Framingham, with its rich diversity and its tremendous opportunities to learn from one another.