The Parliament Condemns Violent Attacks in Sri Lanka and Stands with the Victims

April 22, 2019

The Parliament of the World’s Religions extends its deepest condolences to the victims of the bombing attacks that occurred this past Easter in Sri Lanka. Churches offering Easter services and a number of hotels were targeted in the attacks.
We condemn these and all acts of terrorism against all peoples. The Parliament of the World’s Religions is committed to a culture of non-violence and respect for life, as agreed upon on our signature document Towards A Global Ethic. The violation of life committed in these attacks is abhorrent and we call upon peoples of faith and conscience to come together and stand with the Christian community and all victims of these heinous attacks in Sri Lanka and around the world.
“To be authentically human in the spirit of our great religious and ethical traditions means that in public as well as in private life we must be concerned for others and ready to help. We must never be ruthless and brutal. Every people, every race, every religion must show tolerance and respect–indeed high appreciation–for every other.”
– Towards A Global Ethic: A Declaration of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

How You Can Help:

Donate blood at your local hospital through the Sri Lanka National Blood Transfusion – Find the closest donation site here.

Donate to the Red Cross, Asia Pacific Red Cross members and Sri Lanka Red Cross members are assisting during the crisis.

Consider volunteering with  Volunteer Sri Lanka, which send international volunteers to help teach at local schools, to care for the elderly, work at the teaching hospital, at the Nurses Training School, and to help rebuilding efforts.

Read Statements from Interfaith Partners:

From URI – Standing with Sri Lanka

From Religions for Peace – Religions for Peace Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

From OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership – A Statement on the Easter Attacks Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

From KAICIID – The KAICIID Board of Directors Condemns Sri Lanka Attacks

From The Elijah Interfaith Institute – Sri Lanka Newsblast

From FEZANA – Statement Condemning Attacks in Sri Lanka


Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions is headquartered in the City of Chicago, the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations, and other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. 

PoWR recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land. We remain committed to the advancement of dignity and justice for Indigenous Peoples’ and their communities in the region and around the world.


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