Joint Statement by the Orange County Faith Leaders
We are deeply shocked and saddened by this weekend’s deadly attacks on our fellow New Yorkers.
We, the Interfaith community of Orange County are united in vehemently condemning these attacks that violate the fundamental principles of our respective faith traditions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and we thank law enforcement personnel and the first responders whose call to duty is commendable.
As a global and diverse community, we cherish our diversity. These horrific acts are not an isolated incident, rather the menace unleashed by perpetrators of evil around the world. The threat of extremism is real but we also know that it knows no boundaries of race, religion, and ethnicity. Therefore, as events are unfolding, we must not allow hate or fear to divide us. We must take this time to build a more united, forceful, and resilient front against such attacks.
We urge the residents of Orange County to unite in love and prayers, and join us as we pledge to refrain from stereotyping and finger pointing. Let’s come together in peace, love, and let fear and hate find no home in our hearts.
Peace to the world and our beautiful homeland!
Interfaith Leaders of Orange County
President and Board
American Muslim Women's Empowerment Council
Islamic Center of Irvine ICOI
2 Truman, Irvine
Rev. Dr. Paul Tellström,
Irvine United Congregational Church
Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini
President, Shia Muslim Council of Southern California
Olive Tree Initiative at UCI
Laura Ava Tesimale
One Global Family Foundation
Councils of Interfaith & Indigenous Women-Youth
Rev. Dr. Peggy Price
Parliament of the World's Religions
Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living
Milia Islam- Majeed
Executive Director of the South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC)
Rev. Dr. William Aulenbach,
Episcopal priest, retired
Rini Ghosh Phd.
Vedanta International Cultural Center
DebrahDayaFriedland van Zyl and Andre
All Paths Divinity School
Islamic Society of Orange County
Sande Harte and SARAH Sisters
Rabbi Marcia Tilchin
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County