Church World Service Mourns Orlando Tragedy, Prays for Peace and Healing

June 13, 2016

New York – In response to the horrific attack on members of the LGBTI community in Orlando on Sunday, Church World Service President and CEO, the Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement.

“Today, my heart is heavy with the tragic loss of so many lives in a senseless, devastating act of violence. Because of the hateful actions of one man, our nation and the lives of countless families, friends and communities have forever been changed; left to deal with the incomprehensible loss of so many of our LGBTI brothers and sisters,” McCullough stated. “As a person of faith and as an American, I pray for peace and healing for our nation and for all who have been personally impacted by this tragedy.”

“Church World Service stands alongside our interfaith partners as we condemn this act of hatred and violence,” McCullough continued. “As we mourn this tragedy, I pray that we remember that hatred and violence have no religion, nationality or belonging in any community. We stand together with people of all faiths and communities united against extremism in all of its forms and continue to pray for safety, healing and peace for all who are impacted by this horrific act, especially the LGBTI community.”

CWS is an international humanitarian organization committed to promoting peace and justice, serving refugees, immigrants and others displaced individuals and providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty.  CWS works with vulnerable individuals around the world, including LGBTI communities in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

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