A pledge and a prayer
In response to the attack on the two Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15, 2019, pastor Phil Amerson delivered this message to our congregation and ending with a prayer for our muslim sisters and brothers:
A letter of support
Following worship at First Church in Mission Valley on Sunday March 17, a letter of support was signed by our congregation and sent to Imam Taha Hassane at the Islamic Center of San Diego, CA and to the two mosques in New Zealand.
The letter that was signed by our congregation read as follows:
"March 17, 2019
To our Muslim Sisters and Brothers in Christchurch, New Zealand and San Diego, California:
The people of First United Methodist Church in San Diego, California are appalled at the news of the grievous attack on your places of worship on Friday, March 15, 2019. We stand with you in the aftermath of this despicable mass murder carried out in the name of White Nationalism. Know you do not suffer alone. We weep with you. We will not forget you or your loved ones. We make the pledge to speak against such forms of hatred and white supremacy -- in our churches, our workplaces, in our news outlets, on social media, in our homes, and in our own hearts."
Response from our Muslim friends
We recieved this response from Imam Taha Hassane at the Islamic Center of San Diego on March 19, 2019
Peace be with you...
Thank you so much for your support and solidarity. My community really appreciates the letter signed by your congregants. It's our duty to work altogether to eradicate hate, racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and white supremacy from our society.
the Islamic Center of San Diego
Background: On March 15, 2019, at least 50 people were killed and 50 wounded, in a hate-filled terror attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. The shooter was identified as 28-year-old Australian citizen. Authorities found an 87-page manifesto filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas.