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Response to Orlando Tragedy

It is difficult to know how to respond as we face the hateful massacre at Pulse in Orlando this weekend as well as remember the mass murder at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston a year ago this week. We can offer prayers, support and words of hope and love. It is also a time for action in word and deed. 

Each person will be called to their own way of responding. There are so many communities hurting, and so many injustices being done in the aftermath. At A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, we wanted to provide a few resources and suggestions that have been compiled in the interfaith community for support and action, especially as the Muslim community is likely to face backlash. We hope you find these ideas helpful as you answer God’s call in such a time as this. Some of these suggestions are also likely to apply to how we may faithfully care for the LGBTQI community, the Latino/a community, the African-American community, and the many people who have been affected by gun violence and acts of terror.

1. Our News and Views section here on the website includes several resources, talking points, and statements made by Muslim organizations and partners. 

2. For those of you into writing faith voice op-eds to help amplify how faith communities are responding, Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign and Religions for Peace are using the hashtag/frame #RootedInLove, (which can be tagged onto the existing #OrlandoStrong hashtag to join that larger conversation). Shoulder to Shoulder is also working with some national media to try to get them to write a story on the local efforts at Muslim-LGBT-Interfaith collaborative responses, so if you are part of local intersectional interfaith vigils or other events, please share with Tim.Brauhn@s2scampaign.org.

3. ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s statement can be found at https://www.elca.org/News-and-Events/7834

4. As this is the holy month of Ramadan, we encourage you to attend an Iftar meal and be WITH others in unity and solidarity. Contact our office for more information on Chicago area iftars that are open to the public.

5. And for those of you on campus on Thursday, June 16, please join together in the chapel at noon for a time to remember.


Welcome to the website of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Here you will find information about the Center, its activities, and resources for understanding Islam and our Muslim neighbors.

Mission Statement: A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) fosters and deepens relations between Christians and Muslims as a significant part of its larger purpose of building bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths.

Vision: CCME was founded on the conviction that Christians, Muslims, and neighbors of other faith traditions, in their co-humanity, created by and responsible before God, are called to know, respect and learn from one another, despite or even because of our differences.


Download our CCME Brochure (PDF)

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