Letter: Loudoun Interfaith Clergy Group

​Editor: Friday morning, March 15th, we were shocked, appalled and saddened to see the news that another mass shooting had occurred at a religious institution, this time at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Loudoun Interfaith Clergy Group condemns the hate-filled assault on Muslims perpetrated against adults and children worshiping in their sacred space.  We mourn the 50 victims who were murdered in this attack and recommit to standing against the evil of ethnic and religious-based hatred, white supremacy and Islamophobia motivating such ruthless disregard for humanity in all its diversity.  We call on one another to strengthen our will for tolerance, understanding and mutual respect.

We, the undersigned members of the Loudoun Interfaith Clergy Group and Faith Leaders affirm our commitment to peaceful coexistence.


Kurt Aschermann, Lay Pastoral Leader, Christ Church, Lucketts

Rev. Elizabeth Brookens-Sturman, Pastor, Brambleton Presbyterian Church

Rev. Mary K. Brown, Rector, St. David’s Episcopal Church & School

Rev. Larry Buxton, United Methodist, Ret., Ashburn

Rev. Dr. Deborah Carlton, BCC Chaplaincy Manager, Inova Loudoun Hospital

Rev. Sunday Cote, Center for Spiritual Living, Leesburg

The Very Rev. Mark R. Feather, St. James’ Episcopal Church

Rev. Alexa Fraser, United Universalist Congregation of Sterling

Chip Giessler, Pastor, Evergreen Church, Leesburg

Rabbi David Greenspoon, Congregation Sha’are Shalom

The Rev. Holly Hanback, St. Gabriel’s-San Gabriels

Rev. Jacquelyn Hollingsworth, Founder, Trailblazers Ministry, LLC

Rizwan Jaka, Chair, Board, ADAMS & Co-Chair of Interfaith/Government/Media Committee,

All Dulles Area Muslim Society

Pastor Gerry Johnson, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Rev. Alice King, Minister, UU Church of Loudoun

Rev. Joshua King

Debra Lucas, Pastor, Harmony UMC, Hamilton

Rev. Tracey B. Lyons, Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion-Willisville Chapel, United Methodist Churches

The Rev. Grant Mansfield, Assistant Rector, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church

Rev. Annabelle P. Markey, Community Lutheran Church

Robert J. Marro, Trustee and Co-Chair Govt. Affairs & Media, ADAMS

Rev. David Milam, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Purcellville

Rev. Dave Norman, Crossroads UMC

Rev. Deborah Dodson Parsons, Pastor, Leesburg Presbyterian Church

Rev. Julie M. Price

Rabbi Amy J. Sapowith, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation, Ashburn

Pastor Harold Stinger, First Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Pastor Michelle C. Thomas, Holy & Whole Life Changing Ministries Int’l

The Rev. Daniel Velez-Rivera, St. Gabriel’s-San Gabriels

Rev. Dr. Joseph M. Voight, Community Lutheran Church

Rev. Jim Wishmyer, Leesburg UMC

Rev. Daniel Wray, Round Hill UMC

12 thoughts on “Letter: Loudoun Interfaith Clergy Group

  • 2019-03-18 at 9:40 am

    20 dead, 111 hurt in Jan. 29 bombing at Catholic cathedral in Philippines did I miss the Interfaith condemnation?

  • 2019-03-19 at 12:31 pm

    I missed “Loudoun Interfaith Clergy’s'” stern condemnation of the brutal murders of over 200 African Christians; the burning of churches and entire villages by Islamic terror groups in Nigeria this past two weeks.

    New Zealand is a nice tidy country – its’ worth a letter condemning religious violence – The very same thing every sane reasonable human on the planet thinks. But wholesale ethnic and religious cleansing in Nigeria… It must be a form of T.I.A. attitude. Not a peep from the politically oriented “Interfaith Clergy.”

    • 2019-03-20 at 5:45 pm

      why are you so against anyone who takes a stand against hate and violence? Are you thinking they are attacking you personally?

  • 2019-03-21 at 10:44 am

    Best guess from OAN has 1680 Christians or Jews murdered for every 1 muslim of the 50 from New Zealand. Where is the condemnation from the Fake Clergy. Does not fit the leftist narrative now does it.

  • 2019-03-21 at 2:18 pm

    Where is this politically organized and motivated “Clergy” group’s stand against hate and religious violence about the hundreds of deaths — people burned alive in their homes, families fleeing and then hunted down by special pursuit squads last week?

    Where is it YN?

    When these “Clergy” issue one of their “communiques” about the religious slaughter in West Africa. The religious genocide of the Muslim Uighers in Red China, or this weeks assaults on French churches, then they might be taken seriously.

  • 2019-03-21 at 5:55 pm

    whatabout? sorry, Chris, but your response does nothing to cast a shadow on all the folks speaking up. The world is not all-or-nothing, not a zero-sum game. Your fake outrage about people being outrage only shows your limits, not theirs

  • 2019-03-22 at 11:27 am

    Pointing out politically motivated duplicity equals outrage? Maybe in your world YN.

    When this political clergy group starts calling out actual genocide, horrific religious attacks, and the hundreds of murders in just the last two weeks, rather than picking winners and losers, then they’ll have credibility. For now, they’re just another political group.

  • 2019-03-22 at 8:48 pm

    I definitely value the opinions of 3 dozen, local clergy over your anyday

  • 2019-03-25 at 5:18 pm

    YN, Is your “local clergy” going send out a strongly worded communique about the massacre of 134 ethnic Muslims in Mali this past weekend? Yes? No? Probably not, because the perps weren’t white self-proclaimed “ecofacists” and it didn’t happen in a nice tidy little country. Just another weekend in Africa. Ho Hum.

  • 2019-03-30 at 9:10 am

    Chris – they are not my clergy. Apparently they are not yours either. Your refusal to accept their letter as written without forcing them, and everyone in the world, to prove to YOU that they write about ALL evil is concerning in that it seems to many of us that you are feeling personally attacked. That might indicate you feel connected with the target of their letter?

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