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Halifax Presbytery of the United Church of Canada speaks out against Florida violence

Thursday, June 16, 2016 (Halifax, NS) – The churches of the United Church of Canada within HRM are offering words of support for the LGBTQ+community in the days following the attack on those in the Orlando Pulse nightclub. The Halifax Presbytery of the United Church encourages the Halifax community to gather in solidarity and love at this difficult time.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBTQ+ community in Florida, the United States and Canada,” says Rev. Stephen Fram, secretary of Halifax Presbytery. “But as church leaders we also believe that we have to speak out against hate, violence and prejudice, especially against our LGBTQ+ children.”

The Presbytery is sharing their statement on this senseless act through social media, on Facebook (see: and through Twitter @HFXPresbytery

The statement reads: "Our hearts are broken for the murder and attempted murder of our LGBTQ+ children in Orlando and for the persecution of so many in this world because of prejudice, especially around sexual orientation or gender identity. We, the Halifax Presbytery of the United Church of Canada, deplore homophobia and denounce violence in any form against any of God's children."

The Presbytery encourages the people of Halifax to show kindness and support for their LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters, to stand strong against hate and respond with love.

Halifax Presbytery is the governing body supporting the United Churches in the Halifax, Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia. There are 31 Pastoral Charges, each of 1 or more congregations, from Saint Margaret's Bay Pastoral Charge in the west to Sheet Harbour Pastoral Charge in the east.The Presbytery also maintains contact with outreach ministries, chaplains in the hospitals, the military, the universities, and the Atlantic School of Theology.

For more information contact:
Name: Rev. Stephen Fram
Title: Secretary, Halifax Presbytery of the United Church of Canada
Phone number: 902-233-0899
Email: [email protected]

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