MCC Leader Calls for Unity to End Deadly Violence

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“This is the time to act. We must search with urgency to find an intersection in our differences to unify and deescalate rhetoric that leads to violence.”
Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

“We cannot be silent when our Jewish friends are gunned down at synagogue, or when Black men are murdered while shopping. We cannot give power to the hate that perpetuates paranoia and conspiracies about those who are different from ourselves,” said Rev. Elder Rachelle Brown, Interim Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches.

Armed with an AR-15, a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, killing 11 and wounding 6. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the mass shooting “the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.”

“How many times will we weep and cry out from our pulpits that ‘love wins over hate’ before this senseless fury of violence stops,” said Rev. Elder Brown.

In a separate incident, a shooter in Kentucky allegedly killed two African American men after he tried to enter a predominantly black church minutes before the deadly incident.

“We must unite as God’s people, across the divides of religion, ethnicity, culture, and politics to diffuse and eliminate this venom that sows hatred. This is the time to act. We must search with urgency to find an intersection in our differences to unify and deescalate rhetoric that leads to violence,” Rev. Elder Brown said.

“The victims, families, and first responders are all in our prayers. The grief is immense. Only God can heal our communities and our brokenness,” she said.

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Story Links

https://www.adl.org/news/press-releases/adl-statement-on-synagogue-shooting-in-pittsburgh

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/26/us/kentucky-kroger-shooting/index.html