The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev.  Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has offered prayers and support for advocacy against violence on behalf of the WCC member churches in light of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday, 15 April.

In a letter to the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, he said, “This violence in the midst of what was to be a time of celebration and personal accomplishment as many from around the world gathered for a peaceful competition has brought pain and fear to so many across your country.”

The letter was addressed to the NCCCUSA transitional general secretary, Peg Birk and president, Kathryn Lohre.

“In this time when the sanctity of life must be proclaimed most strongly, I offer my personal support to your ongoing advocacy against violence in all its forms,” Tveit said. “In the name of the God of life all of us must offer such witness as we are called to be agents of justice and peace in a too often wounded world.”

Read the WCC general secretary’s letter to NCCCUSA

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