Our Hearts Break for Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

March 18, 2019 | GNJ News

The name of God and of humanity were desecrated today in Christchurch, New Zealand when people filled with hate violated the sacred precincts of two mosques and murdered 49 innocent people during prayer.  We grieve with the bereaved families of the victims and their communities, and we condemn in the strongest terms possible these barbaric acts of premeditated violence and murder.

Today we must all see ourselves as Muslims.  We must see ourselves as Muslims because when one of us is singled out on the basis of our faith all of us are hurt and humanity is violated.

Today we must see ourselves as Muslims because to be a Muslim means to submit to the will of Allah, the will of God.  And the will of God is that we should not hate.  Rather, it is that we should love all of God’s children and hold each and every one sacred, created one and all in God’s image.

Today and every day we stand in solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers and join them in praying for strength and healing.  May God bless them and us all with peace.


Endorsers of the Statement “Our Hearts Break for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters” by the Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey



Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp

Interim Executive of the Elizabeth Presbytery


Rev. Peter A. Baktis

Orthodox Church of America


Bishop Tracie Bartholomew

NJ Synod Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Imam Qareeb Bashir

Islamic Council of Greater Trenton


Rev. Dr. Tanya Bennett

Chair of Board of Church & Society, Greater NJ Annual Conference UMC

Drew Theological School


Very Reverend Archimandrite Ambrose Bitziadis-Bowers

Ecumenical Officer, Greek Metropolis

of New Jersey


Rev. Charles Boyer

Salvation and Social Justice


Deacon Patrick Brannigan

NJ Catholic Conference


Rev. Dr. Ursula Cargill

Reformed Church of America, Synod of NJ


  1. Ali Chaudry, Ph.D.

Islamic Society of Basking Ridge


Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale

Reform Church of America, Synod of New Jersey


Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen

Presbyterian Synod of the Northeast


Joan M. Diefenbach, Esq.

Director, NJ Council of Churches


Rabbi Menashe East

on behalf of Randolph Ecumenical Council


Rabbi Daniel Geretz

Maayan Shul


Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun


Rabbi Arnold Gluck

Temple Beth El


Fr. Timothy Graff

Archdiocese of Newark


Rev. Rob Gregson

Unitarian Universalist Faith Action


Bishop Carlye Hughes

Episcopal Diocese of Newark


Rev. Jack Johnson

Coordinator, Coalition of Religious Leaders


Rabbi David Levy

AJC- NJ Regional Director


Rev. Sara Lilja

Director of Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministries


Bishop Ernest Lyght

United Methodist Church


Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley

General Secretary Emeritus, American Baptist Churches, USA


Rev. David Popham

Associate Conference Minister, Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ


Rev. Jeanne Radak

Presbytery Leader, Newton Presbytery


Bishop John Schol

Greater NJ Conference of the United Methodist Church


Father Guy Selvester

Diocese of Metuchen


Imam W. Deen Shareef

Convener of the Council of Imams in NJ.  Resident Imam at Masjid Waarith ud Deen at Waris C.R.D.C.


Rabbi Alan Silverstein

Rabbinical Assembly


Dr. Surjeet Singh

on behalf of Sri Goru Singh Sabba


Bishop William Stokes

Episcopal Diocese of NJ


Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan

Diocese of Camden


Amaury Tanton-Santos

Ecumenical officer Interfaith Relations, Presbytery Synod of the Northeast


Dr. Lester Taylor, Jr.

President, General Baptist Convention


Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin

Archdiocese of Newark


Rev. Bob Tomlinson

New Brunswick Presbyter