Relief Appeal in support of Mosque Victims

16 March 2019

Relief Appeal in support of Mosque Victims

ANGLICAN MISSIONS RELIEF APPEAL: ANGLICANS SHOWING THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES OF THE CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE SHOOTINGS 15 MARCH 2019.

Ko Ratou, ko Tatou!

Ko Tatou, ko Ratou!

They are Us! We are them!

Anglican Missions has launched a Relief Appeal to demonstrate the Aroha of the Anglican Church and its members towards the victims and families of the Christchurch Mosque shootings. It is a small way we can help.

Archbishops Philip Richardson and Don Tamihere, joint leaders of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand issued a joint statement:

"We are shocked at the appalling and horrific acts of violence that occurred in Christchurch today.

We feel utterly saddened for those who have lost their lives, and for their families and loved ones who mourn them. Indeed we mourn with them as fellow citizens and members of the same human whanau, and we condemn the despicable and cowardly acts of violence that took their lives.

The freedom of worship and religious life is an absolute right to all in this land. We choose to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters and support their continued and inalienable right to live and worship here in peace.

All of us who live here in Aotearoa New Zealand must stand in solidarity in the face of such evil – and we call upon Anglicans throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to uphold all those affected in prayer, and to respond to this act by rejecting the rhetoric of hatred and religious intolerance, and to show compassion and kindness to all our neighbours who wish to live here in peace.”

We have been shielded in Aotearoa New Zealand from so much of the religious hatred and bigotry that stalks the world. But yesterday that innocence and immunity was shattered.

Anglican Missions joins with Christians across the globe in condemning this terrorist act. Please join us in praying for God’s comfort for the families, friends, and communities who lost loved ones; for wisdom for our national and local leaders as they respond; for peace and calm and for no further incidents or retaliations; for the police, emergency responders, chaplains and health professionals at the hospitals dealing with survivors; for wisdom and sensitivity towards our Muslim brothers and sisters; and for church communities as they respond - especially in Christchurch. 

Donations

Victim Support is the official charity for the Christchurch mosque shootings. People are encouraged to either give directly to Victim Support, or to give via one of their 55 fundraisers (Including Anglican Missions) acting on their behalf through Give-A-Little pages linked to Victim Support. The site can be viewed here: Anglican Missions – Give-A-Little page for Victim Support. Donations can also be made directly to Anglican Missions https://angmissions.org.nz/donate. Whether you give through the Anglican Missions webpage or via the Anglican Missions Give-A-Little page, every dollar will be given to Victim Support. We encourage you to stand in solidarity and to support our Muslim brothers and sisters at this difficult time. 

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