His Grace Bishop Mina
The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver and Western Canada
On behalf of the 1,000+ Canadian Baptist churches across the country gathered together in four regional Baptist denominations, and their global mission organization, we are writing to express our deepest solidarity and profound sadness in learning of the tragic events which transpired last Sunday in two Coptic Orthodox Churches in Egypt. We pray for the families of all those who perished or have been injured from these atrocities, and denounce the perpetrators.
Your churches have been, for many centuries, a light in the darkness. They are a haven and a guide for God’s holy children in Egypt and around the world. Attacks against your churches are attacks against all the Christian virtues we hold dear: love, peace, faith, divine protection and mercy. Your people have borne a heavy toll as the Church of the Martyrs. As Baptists, we recognize your longstanding faith and resilience, the deep traditions you embrace and the hope that guides you.
The terrorist attacks on Palm Sunday and during Holy Week are an affront to all the people of God. We renounce evil in whatever form it cloaks itself and assure you and your communities of our prayers for protection and mercy. As Baptists, we stand with you in the call for religious freedom and we pray for God’s divining protection on your places of worship during this Holy Week, which is shared amongst both the Eastern and Western churches this year.
May the God of mercies bring forth justice and peace, and may you and your followers be peacemakers in a dark and broken world.
Your brothers in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Peter Reid, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada
Rev. David Rowley, Secretaire General: Union d’Eglises Baptistes Francophone au Canada
Rev. Tim McCoy, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec
Rev. Jeremy Bell, Executive Minister: Canadian Baptists of Western Canada
Rev. Dr. Terry Smith, Executive Director: Canadian Baptist Ministries