The people of Centers for Spiritual Living stand with the people of Buffalo, New York. At a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood, an 18-year-old white gunman shot 13 people on Saturday, killing 10 and wounding three.
We stand with those who are suffering loss today, who feel targeted and unsafe. We stand with those who are grieving this loss of life, and our hearts are with the family and loved ones of the victims, not only of this tragedy but from wherever gun violence results in death.
We are deeply saddened by this violent act and by the racial hate that motivates and perpetuates crimes against People of Color. Racially motivated hate crimes or acts of violent extremism harm us all. The false narrative that creates fear of a certain group of people and dehumanizes them has led to violence. This stands in direct contradiction to the principles of CSL. At CSL, we believe that in our Spiritual Oneness, there is unique value that comes from diversity. We treasure this diversity and the benefits all of us receive from it.
We acknowledge the pain and vulnerability that occurs when places of communal gathering such as shopping centers, schools and places of worship are targeted with intent to do harm. We believe that at times like these, CSL’s World Ministry of Prayer may be a resource for people of all or no faith traditions. World Ministry of Prayer offers trained prayer professionals who are available to listen empathetically and create a personal affirmative prayer for anyone who calls on them.
If you are in need of prayer, visit CSL.org/World-Ministry-of-Prayer/.
Peace and blessings,
Dr. Edward VIljoen, Spiritual Leader
Rev. Sunday Coté, Field Leader
Centers for Spiritual Living