EMO statement on Reynolds High School shooting
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon laments the tragedy of violence resulting in death, wounding and terror at Reynolds High School near Portland. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon calls upon all houses of worship to pray for the victims’ families and loved ones, for the students and staff along with their families who experienced this horrific event, and for the perpetrator’s family who are suffering now.
We give thanks for the police, emergency professionals, and all those who helped to safely evacuate students and staff. We are grateful for their courage and quick response, making clear that we will not be paralyzed by fear in the face of sudden violence. We also acknowledge the importance of pastoral care and mental health services for all those impacted by this tragedy, and we give thanks for everyone who is part of the healing process. Causes of these tragedies can be complex, including lack of resources to recognize and treat mental illness, easy availability of military-grade weapons, and the culture of violence permeating our society. We all deserve, especially our children, to live in a society free from the continuous occurrence of violent events such as this shooting. Now is the time for us to tackle these hard issues together, in order to foster healing and help prevent future tragedies.
Rev. Dr. Doug Wirt
President of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Board of Directors
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