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We condemn these attacks of pure evil

25 April, 2019

Camden Faith Leaders Forum statement on the Sri Lanka attacks

• AS faith leaders in Camden, we stand in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the Easter Sunday Sri Lanka attacks, which have left hundreds dead and hundreds more injured.

Our hearts are broken for those who were deliberately murdered in churches on the Christian holy day of Easter, and those slaughtered in hotels around the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

These gut-wrenching acts of pure evil have no place in any of our faiths and we condemn their perpetrators unequivocally and without exception.

To our great distress, Christians around the world have faced growing persecution in recent years, whether from authoritarian regimes or extremists who cloak themselves in the guise of other religions.

We will not accept a world where people can be martyred, simply for attending a place of worship, as we have observed in the last few months alone at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, at mosques in New Zealand and now at churches in Sri Lanka.

We are working with Camden Council and others to improve security for our local faith institutions, but our first response will be prayer, charity, dialogue and joint action to make our society and our world more cohesive and more loving.

SIGNATORIES: Cllr Abdul Hai & Phil Rosenberg Co-Chairs Camden Faith Leaders Forum; Rev Monsignor Phelim Rowland Parish Priest St Mary’s Hampstead; Rev Kristin Breuss Lighthouse London; William Edgill Interfaith LGBT Co-ordinator; Rev Clevere Fenty Calvary Church of God in Christ Kentish Town; Captain Lorraine Kinnear The Salvation Army Chalk Farm; Rev Jeremy Fletcher Hampstead Parish Church; Fr Paschal Worton St Mary’s Church Somers Town; Steven Derby Director Interfaith Matters; Saiqa Pandor Homestart Camden & Islington; Mario Cuevas Quaker Interfaith Representative Friends House London; Rev Anne Stevens Vicar St Pancras Church; Esther Akam Reverend Minister Gospel Oak Methodist Church; Rabbi Shlomo Levin Senior Rabbi & Rabbi Eli Levin Assistant Rabbi & Rabbi Shlomo Odze Assistant Rabbi South Hampstead Synagogue; Tony Kyriakides Spiritual & Religious Care Lead Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead; Deacon Linda Gilson King’s Cross Methodist Church; Rabbi Dr Michael Harris Hampstead Synagogue; Anthony Ostrin Hampstead Synagogue; Danny Rich Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism; Jonathan Miller Community Minister American International Church; Bernd Rapp German Lutheran Church London East; Imam Mehmed Stublla British Albanian Muslim Community; Rev David EP Currie Minister Highgate United Reformed Church; Imam Abu Maged Qalam Education Centre Kilburn; Rev Paul Nicholson Priest in Charge St Saviour’s South Hampstead & St Peter’s Belsize Park (Church of England); Rev Carla Maurer The Swiss Church in London; Rev Dawn Cole-Savidge Communities Minister Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church; Rev Prebendary Marjorie Brown Vicar, Church of St Mary the Virgin Primrose Hill; Phil Champain Director The Faith & Belief Forum; Dr Ahmad Makhdoom Regional Director, Muslim World League London Office; Rev Kate Dean Minister of Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel Hampstead.


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