Murder for whatever reason - religious, racial, or on grounds of sexuality or gender - is an outrage against humanity and God’s creation.
The horrific attack in Orlando has raised strong and legitimate feelings among the LGBTIQ community and others about the failure of the world’s religious to love all human beings equally regardless of sexuality.
As Christians we need to reflect seriously on the fact that even our prayers for the dead are being heard as hypocrisy in some ears.
For our own part, Uniting Church members must reflect on our commitment to accept LGBTIQ people as full members of our church; confess and repent our own failures to accept people equally; and recommit ourselves to rejecting homophobia in all its forms.
Amid our own prayerful reflection, today we give thanks to God for all those who work to eradicate homophobia and all forms of hate in our world.
Uniting Church in Australia