Religious Institute Responds to Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

October 29, 2018
Drew Konow | | 203-222-0055

Religious Institute Responds to Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue

The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA: 

This weekend, 11 people were killed while worshipping at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. It is disturbing that houses of worship have become targets of hate and that people have been gunned down while at worship. Sadly, this is a reality far too familiar in our country. Only a few days before the shooting at Tree of Life, a man killed two people at a grocery store in Kentucky after failing to gain entrance to a Black church. We mourn the lives lost this past week, and we remember those lost in shootings at Mother Emmanuel AME in Charleston, SC, the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, and the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI. Faith communities are meant to be places of comfort, nourishment, and safe harbor; but even faith communities are vulnerable to the violence, toxic masculinity, and white supremacy that ails our country. As people of faith, we decry the violent rhetoric, anti-Semitism, and anti-Black racism that gives rise to these unspeakable acts. We pray for comfort for all who mourn and healing for those who were injured. We will continue to work tirelessly for a world where all people can worship and live in safety.


The Religious Institute is a nonprofit, multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. More than 8,500 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and other religious leaders representing more than 50 faith traditions are part of the Religious Institute’s national religious leaders network.

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