Defying hatred: Moderator statement on the mass murder of LGBT people in Orlando

Hours after Saskatoon’s Pride parade ended, we heard about the mass murder of LGBT+ people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  This hate crime is now the biggest mass shooting by a single person in American history.  It joins the murder of over 300 Lakota people at Wounded Knee in 1890 as a deadly expression of hatred and dominance.

In the words of our Moderator, “If there is a word of hope to be uttered in the face of such tragedy, this is it: When we stand together in defiance of hatred, we are stronger and we are safer.  No act of violence can strip us of our humanity—particularly when we respond to homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia with love.”

Please read the Moderator’s statement and use it in worship: http://www.united-church.ca/news/moderator-speaks-about-orlando-shooting

Click here to read and share Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble’s statement on the Orlando hate crime, and feel free to use this at Sunday worship and anywhere else.

If your ministry is Affirming, or feels that it can be in respectful solidarity with LGBT people and communities, please prayerfully consider how you can express that solidarity.  Affirming ministries in the Conference can help; they include all the congregations listed here, as well as River Bend Presbytery, St. Andrew’s College, and the Conference itself. Our public witness to God’s unconditional love is needed.

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