A message from Moderator, Dr Deidre Palmer, after Sydney Siege on Tuesday this week:
As we approach Christmas and the coming of the Christ, the expression of God’s reconciliation and peace, let us respond in ways to this tragedy, that will build a stronger Australian community. One that is marked by appreciate of, and respect for, our diverse cultures and expressions of faith. Let us reach out to our Muslim neighbours extending compassion and love as we stand in solidarity alongside them. The hash tag #Illridewith you has been a heartening public demonstration of people across Australia standing in solidarity with the Sydney Muslim community.
Uniting Church President, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney expressed his sorrow in a statement earlier today. “Our prayers are with all those who have lost loved ones in this awful incident. We are grieving with you.
“To those who have been injured and terrorised, we pray that you find the healing you need. As authorities in NSW investigate the circumstances of the siege, we urge Australians to show compassion and understanding to fellow Australians of the Muslim faith.”