UUA President Responds to Shooting at Sikh Temple

By Peter Morales

Peter Morales at General Assembly 2009.

UUA President Rev. Peter Morales

August 6, 2012

BOSTON – In response to the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President the Reverend Peter Morales has released the following statement:

“I am shocked, saddened and appalled at the act of wanton violence at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Any killing is terrible. Killings that are apparently aimed at a religious group are especially disturbing. I join all Unitarian Universalists in expressing my compassion and in praying for comfort and healing. We are a nation of many faith traditions. We join people of all faiths in praying for victims and their families.

As we move forward in the weeks and months ahead, we must do more than express compassion. We must reflect on what conditions make repeated acts of deranged violence possible and take action. The killings we keep witnessing in America are symptoms of a culture that is too tolerant of hatred and too reluctant to restrict access to deadly weapons.”

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Peter Morales

The Rev. Peter Morales was the eighth president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). He was elected in June 2013 to a second four-year term and resigned in March 2017. Prior to his election, Morales served as the senior minister at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado. From...

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