A Statement in Response to Today’s Shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand

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The community of First United Methodist Church of Boulder, Colorado (United States) is heart-broken and devastated by the news of the mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. We send our prayers, love, and condolences to our Muslim sisters and brothers in this time of unfathomable grief and pain. We pray for the peaceful repose of all those who have died, and for comfort and support for those mourning lost loved ones. You are all in our thoughts and on our hearts, and will continue to be.

Violence of this kind is completely antithetical to the teachings of both of our faith traditions, and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible. We will continue to work for peace and justice in our world, even on the hardest of days such as this one. We are so sorry for your suffering and loss.