Dean Owens Statement on the attacks against two New Zealand mosques

A message from
the Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens
on the attacks against two New Zealand mosques:

Last night terror attacks against two mosques in New Zealand left at least 49 people dead, and many more wounded. These attacks happened during the Friday prayers when Muslims all over the world gather to worship God. As with any act of violence against a house of prayer, as with any act of violence aimed at the innocent, as with any act of violence that destroys lives and communities, our hearts are broken.

We sorrow in sympathy with our Islamic neighbors around the world and here in Cleveland, and we pray for a day when all the children of God can enter houses of worship without fear.

As Christians, we are committed to the way of peace and to disrupting the cycle of hatred and violence that diminishes the human family and distorts our ability to see God in one another. The people of Trinity Cathedral will continue to work and pray for peace, and for the healing presence of God in New Zealand, in our neighborhood, and throughout the world.

The Very Rev. Bernard J. Owens

A Prayer for the Human Family
The Book of Common Prayer, p, 815

O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.