World Council of Churches condemns attack on California synagogue

By agency reporter
April 29, 2019

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has condemned an attack on Congregation Chabad, a synagogue in Poway, California, on 27 April 2019 that left at least one person dead and three wounded. A 19-year-old man was in custody after the shooting, which officials were describing as a possible hate crime.

The WCC General Secretary, the Rev.Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, said people have the right to gather at places of worship in peace, and violence against them is appalling, whatever the motive.

“We stand in solidarity with those who were worshipping in Congregation Chabad on the last day of Passover”, Tveit said. Reflecting on the pattern of attacks on places of worship in recent weeks, he added: “These murderous assaults on people as they gather for prayer hurt us all. In response, we must not allow our communities to be driven apart but must redouble our efforts to live together in peace and respect.”

Congregation Chabad in Poway was established in 1986.

* The World Council of Churches promotes Christian unity in faith, witness and service for a just and peaceful world. An ecumenical fellowship of churches founded in 1948, by the end of 2012 the WCC had 345 member churches representing more than 500 million Christians from Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and other traditions in over 110 countries. The WCC works cooperatively with the Roman Catholic Church.

* World Council of Churches http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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