CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va., (WRIC) — As the country of New Zealand works to move forward after Friday’s deadly attacks at two mosques, folks in Central Virginia are honoring the lives lost.
Sunday night, hundreds gathered at the Islamic Center of Virginia in Chesterfield offering prayers and support for Christchurch.
“If all of us commit ourselves to welcoming the stranger and seeing in the face of the other our brother and our sister,” said Temple Beth-El Rabbi Michael Rose Knopf.
A call to action as hundreds from different faith backgrounds mourn the lives lost in New Zealand Friday.
Various religious leaders offering moments of reflection and words of prayer.
“Our Lord, send your peace and light upon every one of neighbors..every human being,” said Islamic Center of Virginia Imam Ammar Amonette.
Each speaker encouraging the community to show respect to all.
“We might yet be able to put the broken pieces of this world back together,” said Knopf.
And put aside differences.
“That were all in this together,” said Amontte. “We don’t always agree about all of our beliefs. But we all agree about everyone’s right to practice their beliefs and their religion and to have their human rights respected.”
As the city of Christchurch grieves and families plan funerals, the Central Virginia community showing support to brothers and sisters thousands of miles away.