CCO Statement on Jewish Community Center Shootings

Yesterday three lives were needlessly and horrifically stolen from our community when a man with a gun in his hand and hatred in his heart attacked two Jewish sites in the suburb of Overland Park, Kansas.


This shocking act of wickedness painfully demonstrates that an attack on one faith community is an attack on all.


We grieve with the Jewish community for the targeted violation of their sacred ground.
We grieve with the Christian community for the three innocent lives that were lost.
And we grieve for the soul who perpetrated this evil, putting personal hatred above human life.
On this eve of Passover we are reminded of God’s faithfulness to people in the midst of suffering and tragedy.


We are interconnected in Kansas City, despite the geographic, racial, economic, or political lines that too often try to divide us. All of us at Communities Creating Opportunity and the 100 congregations in the metro we serve mourn the loss of our brothers and sisters. One act of violence impacts us all, and in metro Kansas City this year we have lost more than 25 lives to homicide. We remain resolved to create a community where every person can safely thrive no matter where they live.


If you would like to leave a message of reflection or support, click here.

God be with us all.

Eva Schulte
Communities Creating Opportunity
The Rev. Dr. Emanuel Cleaver, III
Senior Pastor, St. James UMC
Clergy Chair, Communities Creating Opportunity

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