The Uniting Church in Australia mourns the deaths of those caught up in the hostage-taking incident in a café in Sydney’s Martin Place.
Moderator of the Uniting Church in NSW and the ACT Rev Myung Hwa Park has offered prayers and condolences on behalf of the Church.
“We continue to pray for those caught up in the terrible events at Martin Place yesterday and today,” she said. “We pray for our community, that we will be closer and we will be tolerant. We stand side by side with people of all faiths, upholding cultural diversity and harmony. Together we will continue to pray for peace as our community grieves.”
Uniting Church in Australia President Rev Dr Andrew Dutney has offered prayers.
“To those who have been injured and terrorised, we pray that you find the healing you need. As authorities in NSW investigate the circumstances of the siege, we urge Australians to show compassion and understanding to fellow Australians of the Muslim faith,” he said.
Queensland Synod Moderator Rev David Baker said he was reflecting on Romans 12:21 (“Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”). He has also contacted leaders of Brisbane’s Muslim community and offered his support.
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