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A GTU Statement on the Easter Bombings

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April 23, 2019 -  The Graduate Theological Union is shocked and outraged by the violence of the attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, including the bombings of Catholic churches where people were gathered for worship on Easter Sunday. We condemn this violence, and extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of those who were killed and wounded.

“As a community devoted to interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, we are appalled to see such despicable acts of violence perpetrated against persons of good will, including many worshippers gathered to celebrate one of the most holy days of the Christian calendar,” said Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, president of the Graduate Theological Union. “Today, our hearts are aching in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, the victims of these attacks, and the Catholic community. We pray for the victims and their families, and commit our energies to countering such violent extremism and hatred.”

In solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka and with all who mourn for those lost and injured in these attacks, the entire GTU Consortium is invited to an interreligious prayer service on Wednesday, April 24, at noon, hosted by the Jesuit School of Theology. We will gather as a community to pray for consolation, healing, and peace. The service will be held on the entry terrace at JST, at 1735 Leroy Avenue, Berkeley.