PRESS RELEASE Re: Hate Attacks
Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada expresses its deep concern regarding hate attacks against Muslims which have recently occurred on the campus of the University of Toronto. These attacks cannot be ignored, nor supported in any way. We offer our support to our Muslim brothers and sisters who have been assaulted or felt threatened.
Many faith communities have worked for healing, reconciliation, and continued understanding, in our richly diverse society with its many races, religions, cultures and traditions. Within the United Church we enjoy opportunities to learn about, and work with, our sisters and brothers of the Islamic faith.
Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada believes that, ideally, Canadian society strives for peace and the well-being of all people, through mutual respect for difference. Violent attitudes based on ignorance and fear have no place in Canada, where people of diversity strive for a more equitable and inclusive world.
Toronto Conference affirms that we all share responsibility for the peace and well-being of the society in which we live, and we strive to eliminate hatred and violence from in our society. Particularly in this World Council of Churches Decade to Overcome Violence, we oppose any such actions of threat and violence, and affirm that we will continue to work to eradicate them.
Rev. Frances Ota
President, Toronto Conference, The United Church of Canada
Rev. John Young-Jung Lee
Chair, Committee for Racial Justice, Toronto Conference, The United Church of Canada
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