On behalf of The Toronto Conference of The United Church of Canada, I would like to express my deepest sorrow at the acts of violence and hatred committed against our brothers and sisters of other faiths, within the city of Toronto and the communities in which our churches live and work and pray.
We can not stand by and watch in silence. Hatred and violence seek one thing—to isolate us, to make us believe that no one will be willing to help us, or to notice, or to speak out on our behalf. We stand with you, so that you may know that you are not alone. We will speak of love and hope and peace. We will pray for you and alongside of you.
We give thanks for the Religious Freedom that we know in Canada. This freedom is precious and should never be taken for granted, for we are only free, if all are free to live and worship in safety, peace and order.
Our response to these heinous acts can only be one of love and friendship. I call upon all Presbyteries, Congregations and Members of the United Churches of Toronto Conference to reach out to their neighbours, and in the way of Christ—to love them and walk with them in these difficult times. In the battle against hate, Love wins.
Audrey Brown (Rev.)
President, Toronto Conference