RDC Response to the Christchurch massacre, 15 March 2019

The Religious Diversity Centre is a national organisation dedicated to upholding the right to religious freedom for all in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

At this time we stand in prayer-filled solidarity with our Muslim sisters and brothers,  victims of the terrorist atrocity in the Christchurch mosques. 

We share in the depths of grief, the overwhelming compassion and the breadth of outrage that have been expressed by so many in response to the unprecedented evil visited upon so many innocent New Zealanders because of their faith and because of their whakapapa. 

Haere e ngā mate kua hinga i te toki o Aituā, haere, haere haere atu ki te wā kainga, te kainga tūturu. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou ki a tātou, Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Our Centre’s Purpose is to foster appreciation, understanding and deeper relationships among the religious, spiritual and secular communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to provide an independent and informed voice on religious and spiritual issues in the public sphere. 

Now more than ever the work of the Centre is needed. We stand ready to initiate and contribute into national and local conversations now being called for with great urgency; mutually respectful conversations which will address the realities of racism, Islamophobia, and white supremacist ideology; conversations which will enable deep and abiding appreciation of religious diversity; conversations intended to contribute to the building up of an Aotearoa New Zealand society characterised by aroha, manaakitanga, rangimarie and justice – a society where all may belong and none would ever again seek to dominate. 

Originally Published March 24th 2019