Rt. Rev. Dr Russell Barr joined with representatives of ecumenical and interfaith groups and with Muslim faith leaders to condemn the deadly attack at Westminster Palace on Wednesday 22 March and to call for peace and healing. They issued the following statement:
As representatives and leaders of our various faith communities, we are united in our condemnation of Wednesday’s terrorist attack in London.
Love of God and love of neighbour are the guiding principles of our faith traditions and we deplore all acts of violence.
Trusting in God’s healing presence and power, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been bereaved, injured or left traumatised by this terrible incident
We urge everyone of whatever faith tradition or none to live peaceably with their neighbours and to actively uphold the values of compassion, love and respect.
Right Rev Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
Dr Naji Arfaj, Executive Director, Edinburgh Central Mosque
Hassan Rabbani, Annandale Mosque, Leith, Edinburgh
Imam Sayed Razawi, Director General, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society, Edinburgh
Rev Matthew Ross, General Secretary of Action of Churches Together in Scotland, Stirling
Iain Stewart, General Secretary, Edinburgh Interfaith Association, Edinburgh
Maureen Sier, Secretary, Interfaith Scotland, Glasgow