Stated Clerk issues statement on the attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport

July 1, 2016


The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins the people of Turkey and the world in expressing our profound sorrow in the aftermath of the attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on June 28, 2016. We deplore this attack and all acts of terror wherever they occur.

We mourn for the people who were killed or wounded in the attack—people from Turkey and from other parts of the world. We pray for family members and friends who grieve the deaths of loved ones; for individuals recovering from wounds; for first responders; for medical care providers; and for the country of Turkey.

As followers of Jesus, we will continue to pursue peace and work for justice, moving toward the day when hope replaces fear. 

The Reverend J. Herbert Nelson
Stated Clerk, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

  1. Thank you, J. Herbert, for your words of support for those grieving in Turkey. Our congregation in Minneapolis is grateful for the witness of your office and of the General Assembly. Together, joining people of faith and good will everywhere, we help move the human family toward hope in the face of fear. The gospel requires it of us.

    by Tim Hart-Andersen

    July 3, 2016

  2. Hoping and praying for hope in replacing fear is not sufficient. Action speaks louder and the recent vote against Israel is a vote to support Arab terrorism. Christians are being intimidated and harmed by Muslims in Arab countries and the last thing we need to have is another corrupt , hostile and belligerant Arab Muslim nation that preaches hate. Until Fatah & Hamas change their tune they should be treated like the pariahs they are. Those who support them should be ashamed of themselves.

    by Norman Gardner

    July 1, 2016

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