Dear members of the Northeastern Mn Synod,

As we hear more news about the horrific violence in Paris on Friday,  I invite you to use the following prayer in your personal and congregational prayers.
Bishop Aitken's prayer:
God of all creation, as your children, made in your image and as your servants of love in the world, guide us to think and act in ways that follow after your Son, our Lord Jesus. Empower us to model in our conversations in the coming days the virtues of faith, hope and love in this time of violence and confusion. We pray for the victims of all violence in Paris today, and for your Spirit to raise up compassionate helpers of all kinds for these victims. Do not let us succumb to fear or vengeance, but give us the courage to stand up for what is good and right, both in terms of justice and mercy.  In the name of the Prince of Peace Who calls us to work with him in the reconciliation of the whole world. Amen.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned terror attacks in Paris that left many people dead and injured.: "These savage and despicable attacks on civilians, whether they occur in Paris, Beirut or any other city, are outrageous and without justification. We condemn these horrific crimes in the strongest terms possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured and with all of France. The perpetrators of these heinous attacks must be apprehended and brought to justice."

CAIR has consistently and repeatedly condemned all acts of terrorism wherever they have occurred.

See CAIR's Condemnation of Terrorism: