In a pastoral letter written this past March just before the International Day for the Elimination of Racism, Moderator Jordan Cantwell wrote,
As Christians, we must root out fear, and commit to spiritual and social practices that help us to ground our actions and attitudes in love. If we give in to fears based on religious or racial grounds, we will be providing fertile ground for hate and extremism to flourish. Let us instead cultivate love, understanding, and acceptance of each other.
In light of this weekend’s events in Edmonton, now being investigated by police as acts of terrorism, the Moderator’s words merit being read again so that they take root and remind us that we need to be vigilant against all forms of extremism and xenophobic rhetoric.