During this holiest of weeks,

we are surrounded by images of violence, and we are called to wrestle with how to respond to the devastation, death, fear, and hatred around us with compassionate and prophetic love.

We encourage people to pray with all those affected by acts of terrorism, including
those who were killed or injured as a result of the horrific bombings in Brussels
those who mourn the death of loved ones
and those in our global and local communities who are the victims of violence and who mourn the loss of life and the loss of security.

We give thanks for and offer support to
the first responders and support workers who continually and faithfully care for all affected by violence
the peacemakers and bridge-builders
and those who fight hatred and fear with love and understanding.

As we anticipate Easter, we are called to imagine what new hope might look like in a world not filled with such violence and fear.