Following the brutal killing of 86 year-old Father Jacques Hamel on Tuesday, Pope Francis said, "It's war, we don't have to be afraid to say this...a war of interests, for money, resources. I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don't want war. The others do."
In similar vein, speaking of recent killings and hate crimes, our own minister Helen Kirk has said, " I am weary beyond measure that you evoke the name of Allah, Yahweh, God, Mohammed, Krishna, and Christ to be the inspiration of your thuggery".
So in honour of all those victims of terror, civil war and other mindless conflicts, as a church we recommit to work to ensure that decent values of love, tolerance and friendship do not join the list of victims.
For the full text of Helen's blog on 'To the haters', click here.