Last night, Perth’s faith communities came together to mourn at St George’s Cathedral.
Led by the Very Reverend Richard Pengelley, Dean of Perth, the vigil mourned the loss of innocent lives to mindless violence in Paris, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Israel, Palestine and elsewhere; and prayed for their families, who are dealing with profound anguish and grief.
“We want to emphasise that there is no justification in religion for killing innocent human beings,” said Dean Pengelley. “All of our faiths share core universal values: kindness, compassion, peace and the sanctity of every human life; after all, we must not forget that these religions are practiced peacefully by billions of adherents around the world on a daily basis.”
“Not only does the violence and hatred of extremist groups like ISIS not represent the vast majority of Muslims – the bulk of their victims are in fact innocent Muslim civilians. We must never lump these innocent victims with their killers; religious fanaticism and divisive extremism are our common enemies.”
“By creating a space of multi-faith mourning at St George’s Cathedral, we want show that terrorism has not had its intended effect: we are not divided by our faiths but united by them.”