Statement of the WMC on the shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand

The officers and members of the World Methodist Council condemn
unequivocally the shootings at Masjid al Noor and at the Linwood
mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. It is appalling that believers,
gathered for worship, should be gunned down in such a deliberate,
callous and calculated manner.

As those who follow a God whose name and nature is love, we offer
our love and support to all affected by this tragedy. We further offer
heartfelt prayers for those who have been bereaved and injured in
this atrocity, praying for their healing and comfort.

In condemning these violent actions on innocent and vulnerable
persons in Christchurch, we also condemn any acts of violence on
any persons, perpetrated in the name of religion, ideology or political
stance, in any place.

An attack on persons of any faith is an attack on us all. We pray that
all may recognize that God-given diversity is a gift, not a threat; an
enrichment, not a challenge.

We urge the people called Methodist, wherever they may be found, to
offer support and solace to their Muslim neighbours at this critical
time.

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