Interfaith Service in U.S. for slaughtered Guyanese

By admin / Posted on 01 September 2010

Monday, March 03, 2008

GUYANESE living in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have expressed anger and bitterness at the recent massacres at Lusignan on the East Coast Demerara and at Bartica , a mining town on the Essequibo river in which innocent men, women and children were ruthlessly murdered.

To give vent to their feeling and out of concern for the security of the State and safety of Guyanese, leaders of the Christian, Hindu and Muslim religions living in the United States organised and held a successful Interfaith Prayer Service last Saturday in New York, in which they prayed for all those who lost their loved ones in the massacre, the injured and those who care for them.
Following the Prayer Service, the three religious bodies issued a joint statement in which they recognise the huge public outcry as Guyanese try to come to grips with the recent events.

The leaders said that their first concern in planning for the Interfaith Prayer Service was for the families who suffered so dreadfully as a result of the unprovoked and heinous attacks.

They also expressed the hope that in God’s eternal love and mercy, the families of those slaughtered will discover the strength and resource to continue life in a meaningful manner.

The Clergymen also prayed for the entire Guyanese people, and urged the nation not to feel trapped or paralyzed by fear, but rather be free to affirm life and the bond of friendship and independence among all Guyanese.

The release concluded that the event was not a ‘Preaching Service’, nor was it a time for leaders, whether religious or political to make speeches, but rather ‘a Prayer Service’ and a time for the Guyanese people in the US and Guyana to come boldly before God’s throne and find help in the time of need.

Picture shows from left: Rev. George Frederick, Calvary-Roseville United Methodist Church, East Orange, NJ, Rev. Rodwell Thom, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, East orange, NJ , Pandit Suresh Sugrim, New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission, Rev. Dr. William Guthrie, Christ Espiscopal Church, East Orange, NJ, Rev. Esar Budhu, St. Agnes and St. Paul Episcopal Church East Orange, NJ, Imaam Mohammed Ally Nasir, Imaam Ashraf Latif, National Islamic Association Masjid, Newark, NJ



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