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Prayers for Peace for Sikh Community



August 9, 2012

To our dear Sikh brothers and sisters,

At this time of senseless violence and attack on your people and Temple in Wisconsin, we, the members of the Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, an organization including the top religious leaders of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Baha’i communities of Philadelphia, stand with you in solidarity, friendship, hope and prayer.

We are deeply shocked by this heinous act of violence against peaceful, innocent Americans targeted att heir house of worship, apparently singled out because of their faith and appearance. We strongly condemn violence against any religious group, and we are confident that federal, state and local law enforcement officials are closely examining the possibility that this was a hate crime.We pray for the victims, their families and all their loved ones.

We hope that our city’s ideals-which include the birthplace of religious tolerance and freedom of worship-will continue to inspire all Americans and all citizens of our global community to work to create societies that reflect these ideals,and that we might truly become a city of brotherly love and sisterly affection.


 Archbishop Charles J.Chaput

Bishop Claire Schenot Burkat

Imam Anwar Muhaimin

Rabbi David Straus

*Co-Conveners,Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia

 The Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia was formed in 2006 to unite religious leaders, to build relationships of mutual support, to offer a moral and spiritual voice, and to take action on issues of critical concern in the region.



Bishop Charles Bennison – Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

Reverend Luis A.Cortés, Jr. – Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity

Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell – DelawareValley Association of Reform

Rabbis Bijan Etemad, M.D. – Philadelphia Baha’i Community

Rabbi Albert E. Gabbai – Congregation Mikveh Israel

Rabbi Elisa Goldberg – Philadelphia Board of Rabbis

Reverend Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr. – Philadelphia Leadership Foundation

Rev. Terrence D. Griffth – Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity

Rabbi Richard Hirsh – Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

Bishop Peter Hwang – Council of Korean Churches of Greater Philadelphia

Rabbi Alan Iser – Rabbinical Assembly, Philadelphia Region

Bishop Peggy Johnson  -Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, The United Methodist Church

Lt Colonel Renee P. Lance – Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia

Arthur M. Larrabee – Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

Reverend Steven B. Lawrence – Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia

Rev. Dr. Charles H. Lett Sr. – African Methodist Episcopal Church

Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller – Mosque of Shaikh M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen

Father Emmanuel Pratsinakis – Greek Orthodox Metropolis of NewJersey

Imam Asim Abdur-Rashid-Majlis Ash – Shura of Philadelphia and the DelawareValley

Rev. Dr. Lucy Rupe – Presbytery of Philadelphia, Presbyterian Church USA

Imam Mohamed Shehata – Al-Aqsa Islamic Society

Elder Robert B. Smith- The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Archbishop Stefan Soroka -Archeparchy of Philadelphia

Rev. Judith Youngman – PA Southeast Conference, United Church of Christ

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The Religious Leaders Council is administered by the

Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia

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