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Reflection Opportunities for Emerson Community following New Zealand Shooting

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “The parable of the believers in their affection, mercy, and compassion for each other is that of a body. When any limb aches, the whole body reacts with sleeplessness and fever.”

Dear Emerson community,

As the Prophet Muhammad wisely said, when any limb is hurting, the whole body shares that pain.  Today, our Emerson community is hurting as we process the news of horrific violence that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. While New Zealand is physically so far away from our Emerson campuses, we know that the pain, fear, and grief that results from such violence is as close to us as our own beating hearts. For those who are hurting today, particularly our Muslim students, faculty and staff, please know that your Emerson family is standing right beside you with our support, our love, and our commitment to a world free from the islamophobia and violence that has done such grave damage to our world.

Our Muslim students, staff and faculty are treasured members of this community and we stand with you this day and every day.

As we mourn this news, I want to let our entire community know of some resources available to you:

Today at 2 pm in the Reflection Room: Circle Up Gathering in Solidarity and Love: At 2 pm today in the Reflection Room (Piano Row, L154), I invite any member of the Emerson community to join me for a brief gathering to send our love, our prayers and our support to one another and to all who are hurting today.

Community Reflection: The Robert J Orchard Stage at the Paramount Theater will be open for quiet reflection today from 2-4 pm.

With my wishes for peace this day and in every day,

Rev. Julie Avis Rogers

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life & Campus Chaplain at Emerson College

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