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Statement Re New Zealand from the Clerk of Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting

The Atlantic Half-Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) wishes to express its profound sadness over the violent acts of terrorism that have just occurred in New Zealand. The world has also witnessed similar tragedies in Canada, the US and other countries. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Muslim and other faith communities in calling out the ideology of hate and racism that results in these extreme acts of violence. We strive to promote tolerance of all religions and work to bring about the betterment and well being of all our communities.

We are overwhelmed at the devastating grief, loss and sorrow brought on by these outrageous acts. We extend our condolences to the people whose lives will be impacted forever. We hold these victims in the Light during this time of grief and mourning.

We stand committed to our testimonies of equality, integrity, peace and community. We are opposed to all acts of violence; we deplore the proliferation of arms and military style weapons used in these terrorists acts; we abhor the demeaning of anyone based on the colour of their skin, their faith or spiritual practices. We call on all communities to work together to provide places of safety for worship, for learning, for living fully with our families and neighbours. We seek a world where all can live in peace and harmony.

Ellen Helmuth, Clerk AHYM 

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