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National Council of Churches calls for global effort to combat racist violence

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA joins its hearts and voice to those who have suffered in the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. This horrible tragedy is a toxic combination of gun violence, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia, and white racist nationalism.

A prayer in the aftermath of the 49 Muslim worshipers murdered in Christchurch

God of our weary years and our silent tears,We are shattered by the deaths of 49 Muslim neighbors in New Zealand,     cut down in the midst of Friday prayers.We are horrified, angry, despairingWe struggle with a knowledge that our prayers alone are not enough     our silence in the face of intolerance and fear is complicity     a fear that we do not know a way forward that will help     an emptiness: we have been here before, too many times,and we know we will walk this bloodied path again.