I grieve for the dozens of people who were killed and the many more who were injured during the horrific terrorist attack at Al Noor mosque and the Lindwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I am praying with and for the Muslim community in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Unitarian Universalist Association mourns with you, prays for you, and sends our love and compassion to you.
I also know that this anti-Muslim attack impacts the global Muslim community. My heart breaks for the Muslims everywhere, including my Muslim Unitarian Universalists siblings. I am sending thoughts of strength and compassion and deep abiding love to you all.
This attack is part of a global trend of unapologetic nationalism and white supremacist violence that we cannot ignore. We must call it out. We must condemn it. We must also interrogate our own hearts for the disease of bigotry and work to eradicate it.
Nationalistic rhetoric and ideology is violence, and the consequences are deadly. We have to resist growing nationalism in our own country and abroad. We must respond with an action-oriented love that requires us to protect our neighbor and denounce injustice. In a world of interconnected life and being, we must recognize that harm done to one is harm to us all, and we cannot rest as any community faces such senseless violence.