Written by Gregg Brekke
Leaders from the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) authored a letter expressing their sympathies for the victims of terrorist violence in Mumbai, India.
The Dec. 1 letter, issued jointly through the denominations' shared Global Ministries, expresses "deep sympathies and condolences to the families and friends who grieve the loss of their loved ones in these attacks, both from India and from other countries."
Condemning violence as a means to attain any goal, the letter reasserts Global Ministries commitment to stand with those "who seek to bring lasting peace and justice by resisting such forces of evil, violence, and injustice."
The letter concludes, "As the people of Mumbai and the government move on to recovery and rebuilding, we pray that deeper peace and harmonious relationship among the different communities of Mumbai and India may grow and be strengthened."
Global Ministries partners and missionaries working in South Asia, including India, are addressing the humanitarian challenges of reducing poverty, protecting women and children, creating economic opportunity, educating the poorest children, making healthcare accessible to everybody, cultivating collaborative interfaith relationships and addressing the injustices faced by the poor.