NCLF Condemns Brutal Killing of Drummer Lee Rigby ( Statement for immediate release 24th May 2013)

We offer our deep sympathy to the family and friends of Army Drummer Lee Rigby who was so brutally murdered in Woolwich on Wednesday 22 May 2013. We stand in prayerful solidarity with them at this time as they mourn the loss of a son, husband, father, friend and servant of our country.

This act of barbarism has shocked the local community and the nation. We condemn it in the strongest terms as something that has no place in any civilised society.  Those who perpetuate such atrocities forfeit their right to participate in our multicultural and multi-faith community; and they must know they will never be allowed to destroy our hope of a peaceful, prosperous and cohesive United Kingdom and world.

We call upon all sections of our community to remain calm and continue to work together to ensure our communities remain safe places for all our citizens, especially our children and grandchildren.

Going forward our country faces major challenges in supporting our youths to resist radicalized ideologies that feed local and global terror practiced by those willing to die for what they misguidedly believe.
It is our hope and prayer that all faith and community leaders will increase their efforts to ensure that every local community remains united in peace and good will.

Ends.

National Church Leaders Forum – A Black Christian Voice, Steering Group
Pastor Ade Amooba, Co-Chair
Dr David Muir, Co-Chair
Pastor Modupe Afolabi
Dr Joe Aldred
Pastor Celia Appiagyei-Collins
Ms Dionne Gravesande
Dr Michel Sacramento
Pastor Yisuku Tito

Contact:
Pastor Ade Amooba: 07956 007150
Dr David Muir: 07530 780110

Note:
The National Church Leaders Forum– A Black Christian Voice (NCLF) represents the interests, concerns and aspirations of the African and Caribbean churches in the UK, conservatively estimated to be 250,000 members.

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About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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