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front view of Metropolitan United Church in Toronto

Shining Waters Regional Council stands with Metropolitan United Church (Toronto) against hate-motivated vandalism. As you may have seen in media reports, Metropolitan was targeted on March 7 by an act of vandalism using homophobic and anti-Semitic graffiti that the Toronto police have designated as a hate-motivated incident. A letter of solidarity and support is being sent by Rev. Betty Lou McNabb, President of Shining Waters, on behalf of the region.

The United Church of Canada has also decried this act of hateful vandalizm and a letter of support has been sent by the Moderator. Read their statement on the national website here: https://united-church.ca/news/decrying-hateful-vandalism-metropolitan-united-toronto

In voicing concern for the impact on our community of faith, we also express our solidarity with any and all communities that continue to be the target of hate crimes. In particular, we offer our prayers and support to Jewish communities and LGBTQQIA+ and Two Spirit communities who continue to be the subjects of systemic hate.