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“We Must Never Allow Evil to Become an Excuse for Revenge and Hate” – A Response to the Easter Sunday Attacks by a Group of Christians Comprising Catholics,Protestants and Evangelicals.

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Responding to the Easter Sunday Attacks

We write today as a group of Sri Lankan Catholics and Christians, deeply saddened by the attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. We grieve with the families of all victims – whether they are Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or non-religious. We cannot understand what could motivate such acts of violence against innocent men, women and children. We call on the authorities to ensure that all those who planned, resourced, enabled and executed these attacks are held responsible and that no further violence takes place.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. We are deeply troubled that a small group of Muslims in our country became so radicalized that they were willing to carry out such violence against their fellow citizens. But we are also deeply dismayed by attempts to blame these attacks on the entire Muslim community – many of whom are horrified by what has happened. We cannot and must not blame an entire community for the acts of a few.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. This day reminds us of how the God of the Bible ultimately dealt with evil. He came to earth as one of us, suffered as we do, took the worst of our evil onto himself, and defeated it through self-sacrificial love. If we believe the truth of the Resurrection, then we must live it out in this crucial moment.

Just as Jesus did, we have experienced terrible evil in the last few days. We are grieving. But, empowered by God’s Spirit, we must never allow evil to become an excuse for revenge and hate. Even in our pain and fear we must be the first to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and against the spread of anti-Muslim hate – online and offline, among friends and family, in our offices and in our communities. It is these acts that will witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God – a visible demonstration of our conviction that Jesus defeated sin on the Cross, and that sin, evil and death will not have the last word in Sri Lanka, or in our world.

List of Signatories

1. A. Jayalath
2. A.N. Gunewardena
3. A.V. Senatatne
4. Aaron Prashanth
5. Adin Mathitharan (St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya)
6. Adisha Fernando
7. Agnes Olai
8. Akshina Palihawadana
9. Alan Ludowyke
10. Alison Lee
11. Aloka Abeysirigunawardana – Gonawala Baptist Church
12. Aloma Gunesekera
13. Amal Kumarage
14. Amalan Premkumar
15. Amanda Vedanayagam
16. Amila Gunasena – St Francis of Assisi
17. Amila Weerasinghe (Baptist church )
18. Amrith Senaratne
19. Amritha Enduruwa
20. Anarkalee Perera
21. Angel Ragunathan (St.Pauls Milagiriya )
22. Angela E. Seneviratne-Church of the Good Shepherd
23. Angelo Arulchelvam St John’s Evangelist Hook, Hampshire, UK
24. Angus Edirisinghe – Kitulampitiya St. Anne’s Church
25. Anithra Varia
26. Anjalie Fernando
27. Ann Jenita Kinoshan
28. Ann Perera
29. Anna Appathurai
30. Annesley Ranasinghe
31. Annouchka Wijesinghe
32. Anouk De Silva
33. Anthony Benjamin
34. Anton Claudio Egodawatta
35. Antony Peter
36. Anusha Thangakone Sathiyaseelan
37. Anushke Guneratne
38. Anushri Dharmaraj
39. Aravind Anthony
40. Arul Anketell Methodist Church Mt Lavinia
41. Asela Wickremesooriya
42. Ashley Fernando
43. Ashok Alles
44. Asoka Obeyesekere
45. Averil Ludowyke
46. Avvayar De Mel
47. Ayanka Goonetilleke
48. Ayushka Nugaliyadda
49. B D P Perera
50. B M Gayani Rodrigo – Methodist Church Wellawatta
51. Benjamin J Benedict
52. Bimduli De Alwis ( St. Paul’s Church )
53. BKA Mendis
54. Blessing Sarangapany
55. Brincly Rodrigo
56. C Basnayake
57. Camille De Alwis KRC
58. Canute Franklin
59. Carmen Wickramagamage
60. Caroline Lurthunayaham
61. Catherine Mack St Theresas Thimbirigasyaya
62. Cedric Rodrigo Evangelical Wesleyan Church
63. Chamathka U Gamage
64. Chameli Ranasinghe
65. Channa Dayaratne, Kollupitiya Methodist Church, Sri Lanka
66. Charmaine Thampapillai KMC
67. Chehastha Gurusinha
68. Chesha Wettasinha
69. Chetan Perera
70. Chirathu Fonseka
71. Chrishanth Ajitkumar – Kollupitiya Methodist church
72. Chrishanthi Rajasooriyar
73. Chrishmie Stephens – Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church
74. Chrisjit Xavier
75. Chrisso Handy
76. Christina ahilathas
77. Christine Ratnam Solomon
78. Christine Vishvabaratha
79. Claudette Almeida
80. Coomerene Rodrigo
81. Cynthia Rodrigo
82. D.C. Nathaniel, Our lady of Guadolope church, Negombo.
83. Danushka Fernando
84. Daphne Pinto
85. Darren Hakel
86. David B.S.Jeyaraj
87. Deborah Philip
88. Deborah Thavarajasingham – KMC
89. Deeksha Perera
90. Deepthi Weerakoon
91. Devaka Weerasinghe, Nugegoda Methodist Church
92. Devika Ukwatte
93. Dhanushi Wijeyakulasuriya, Catholic
94. Dharmantha Jayewardene – Union Church Welisara
95. Dhashma Karunaratne People’s Church Assembly of God
96. Dhishan Wickramaratne
97. Dhivya Nathaniel – St. Francis Xavier church in Kurana, Negombo
98. Dhushy Jayawardena – St. Paul’s Milagiriya
99. Diana Fernando
100. Dilan Fernando (people’s church)
101. Dilani Nathaniel
102. Dileni Gunewardena
103. Dilkie de Silva
104. Dilshan Laksith Jinadasa – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
105. Dilshan Stephen Sonnadara
106. Dilukshini Tennekoon
107. Dinali Alles
108. Dinesha Samararatne
109. Dinith Senavirathna
110. Dinith Teran AOG kandy
111. Dinusha De Silva Raghaven
112. Dinushka De Silva
113. Don Kumaraperu from South Eastern Christian Church Melbourne
114. Dr Auguestine Manuel
115. Dr Gnani Somasundaram
116. Druki Martenstyn – PCAG
117. Dulanchani Sivakumar
118. Dumidu Dayaratna
119. Dushy Rajeswaran
120. Dushyanthi Daniel
121. Ebenezer Seevaratnam
122. Emmanuella Muoneke, St. Paul’s Kandy.
123. Enoka Loganathan
124. Erandi Narangoda, Methodist Church
125. Erinee Devchandra
126. Eru Karunaratne (Fathima Church,Maradanna)
127. Evan Ekanayake
128. Evangella Siromani (Union Church Welisara)
129. Evanjalin Dhamirah Arulpragasam
130. Fabian Ananth – Bethel Church
131. Faith Culas
132. Felicia McShane, PCAG
133. Gamini Liyanage St. Paul’s Church Liyanwala Padukka
134. Ganashiam Nadarasa
135. Gayan Phillips
136. Gayathri Hannan
137. Gayathri Mahadiulwewa Premaratna
138. Gertrude Scynthya Nirukshan
139. Githanjali Algama-Church of the Good Shepherd, Thimbirigasyaya
140. Giyan Senapthiratne
141. Gizelle Warnacula
142. Glenn Sathi
143. Godfrey Yogarajah, Methodist Church.
144. Godridge Samuel Kollupitiya Methodist Church
145. Gracian Balendran, Colombo Gospel Tabernacle
146. Hannah Benedict
147. Harim Peiris
148. Harin Corea
149. Harin Dharmanandan
150. Harlan Gray
151. Harris Ratnayake
152. Hasinee Anuththara Kasthurirathne
153. Hasith Pathirage
154. Heather Martel
155. Helene de Rosayro, CRC Regent Street
156. Heshani van der Ploeg (Assembly of God church )
157. Heshara Silva – Calvery Church Moratuwa
158. Hilary Wirasinha – Diocese of Colombo
159. Himali Jayasekera
160. Himashini De Silva
161. Hiran de Mel
162. Hiranya Fernando, St. Francis of Assisi
163. Hiruni Dasanayake
164. I A H Liyanage (Thoppuwa church, thoppuwa parish)
165. Ida Eric
166. Indrani Gurusinghe our Lady & St Edwards Fulwood Preston
167. Indrani hema Rodrgo wikkramatilleke ( NHOPSL.Inc)
168. Ingrid Heffernan – Coast and Vines Church, SA, Australia
169. Isuru Perera – Bopitiya St. Nicholas Church
170. J Vanderstraaten
171. J.A.K. Mascranghe
172. J.M. Joseph Jeyaseelan (RC)
173. Jabez Joseph Methodist Church Mount Lavinia
174. Jacquelyn Diaz
175. Jadon Wijendra – Canberra, Australia
176. Jane Manthahini Bogahawatta
177. Janice Hakel-Ranasinghe, St.Josephs’s Church, Nugegoda
178. Jashan Jegasothy
179. Jayana Fernando
180. Jayantha Thambar
181. Jennifer Aturupane
182. Jeremy Ravi
183. Jeremy Vathsala Jayanathan
184. Jeshani Srikumar
185. Jessica David,St.Josephs Nugegoda church
186. Jessie Jayamanne
187. Jessie Jayamanne – Calvary Church
188. Jeuela Jegasothy
189. Joanna Atkinson
190. Joanna Gray (PCAG)
191. Joanna Satcunan
192. Joanne Amarasinghe
193. Joel Daniel
194. Joel Jebaraj
195. Joel Tamling
196. Johan Megeeth Perera
197. Jonathan Cruse
198. Jonathan Jesudason
199. Joseph Jeevanantham – Christ Church Galkissa
200. Joseph Thayanandan
201. Joshua A. Isaiah – Lanka Bible College & Seminary
202. Joshua Ferdinandusz – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
203. Joshua Pranjeevan Kulasingham
204. Joshua Stephens – Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church
205. Joshua Vittachi – People’s Church
206. Jyosika Arjun – People’s Church Assembly God
207. Kapil Vasudevan
208. Karen Tennekoon
209. Kashmeera Seenivasagam (People’s church)
210. Kathleen Noyahr (calvary church Kapuwatte)
211. Kavindu Dissanayake
212. Kavitha Arasanayagam
213. Keshala Perera
214. Keshini Hapugoda
215. Kirk Berenger – St. Anthony’s Church, Noble Park, Australia.
216. Kishani Hallock
217. Kithmini Fernando
218. Kolitha Dissanayake
219. Koshala Mayan
220. Krijah Sivakumar
221. Krishani Sumuda
222. Kumar Fernando
223. Kumar Sinniah
224. Kumudini Samuel
225. Kushan Meemanage
226. L. De Silva
227. Lakshitha Fernando
228. Larry Marshall
229. Lasantha Wijesinghe
230. Lavanya de Mel
231. Leela Thayanandan
232. Leelakanthi Jesudas
233. Lilanthi Fernando
234. Lionel Peiris SSF (Anglican Franciscan)
235. Lorraine d’Silva, Uniting Church, Melbourne
236. Lorraine de Kretser St. Mary’s Church
237. Loyella Dissanayake, St. John’s Church, Getambe
238. Lydia Goonetilleke – St Paul’s Milagiriya
239. M A Sumanthiran
240. M.D.D.P Kuweju – Methodist Church Seeduwa.
241. Mahima Weerasinghe
242. Mailvagsnam Rajkumar Peoples Church
243. Malik De Soysa
244. Malika Fernando- Uniting Church in Capalaba, Queensland
245. Malindu Fernando – Aitkenvale Uniting Church Australia
246. Manjula Mathews, People’s Church
247. Mano Emmanuel- Colpetty Methodist Church
248. Manthila Baduaraliyage
249. Marie Hakel-Ranasinghe
250. Marise Adolphus
251. Marishka Thambayah
252. Mary Anne Philip
253. Mayanthi de Silva
254. Mayuri Perera Christ Church Dehiwela
255. Melanie Peries Holy Family Church
256. Merinnage Dasitha Dulanjith De Costa
257. Methlini Hewage
258. Michelle Kappel
259. Michelle Perera
260. Mikhail Hakel-Ranasinghe-Jamaldeen, St. Joseph’s Church, Nugegoda
261. Minelli De Kretser
262. Ming-Hua Chang
263. Minoja Kunaratnam
264. Modestus Kurera
265. Moses J Hoole, Grace and Truth Fellowship, Mannar.
266. Muriel Ratnasingam (Kollupitiya Methodist Church)
267. Myrna Berenger
268. N.D.S. Koshala
269. Nadhisha Mendis – Methodist Church Mount Lavinia
270. Nadishka Aloysius
271. Nagulan Nesiah – Anglican
272. Nalin Gunesekera
273. Nalini Rodrigo, Church of the Good Shephard, Jawatte
274. Namali Rodrigo
275. Nancy Brink
276. Naomi Chandrasekharan
277. Naren Dharmanandan
278. Naresh Sathiyaseelan – People’s Church
279. Natalia Payoe
280. Natasha Gunesekera Kollupitiya methodist church
281. Natasha Peter
282. Natasha Weerasinghe
283. Naveen Ariadurai
284. Naveendran.S.M
285. Navneth Mendis- Methodist Church
286. Neelika Murugaser (Calvary Church)
287. Neerajan Rasiah
288. Neluni Tillekeratne
289. Nethmi Lokusuriya
290. Nethmi Yasara
291. Nilani Fernando
292. Nilhan Mendis
293. Nilhan Niles (Kollupitiya Methodist)
294. Nilmini Gnaniah – St. Paul’s Milagiriya
295. Nilunthika Ramanayake
296. Nimalan Premkumar
297. Nimalka Fernando – St Michael’s Church-Polwatte
298. Nimmi Jayasooriya
299. Nirmalie Karunaratne
300. Nirmani Amarasinghe
301. Nishadi Wickramasinghe (Christ Church, Dehiwala)
302. Nivitha Sivakumar
303. Noel Berman
304. Noeline Prins
305. Nuala Samarasinhe -Kings Revival Church
306. P. Seneviratne
307. Pam Fernando
308. Pam Mendis
309. Peace Kulasingham
310. Perry Brohier
311. Piyumi Kapugeekiyana (Calvary Church)
312. Prakash Rajkumar
313. Praneedi Perera – Follower of Jesus Christ
314. Prasansani Bandaranayake
315. Prashan Handagama
316. Praveen Gomez
317. Preethi Perera
318. Premika Ukwatte Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church
319. Premila Kumarage, Baptist Church
320. Premini Satcunan
321. Primalie Rambukkange KBF church
322. Prithiviraj Kulasingham
323. Priyadarsheni Jesudason
324. Priyan Dias (St. Paul’s Milagiriya)
325. Priyan Ravindra Mendis Seneviratne
326. Priyana Aseervatham – Pannipitiya church
327. Priyangani Mendis Mt Methodist Church
328. Priyanganie Fernando
329. Priyanka Mendis Anglican Church
330. Priyantha Kottage
331. Priyesh Perera
332. Priyeshni Jayawickrama – Methodist Church
333. Pushparani Brown
334. R Miranda
335. R.N.W.A. de Silva
336. Radhika Abeynaike
337. Rajan Rajasingham
338. Rajendra Rohan Prashanth, Faith Tabanacle Church, Trincomalle
339. Ramendra Thambayah
340. Ranasinghe arachchige
341. Randima Kularathna
342. Ranjika Warakagoda
343. Ranjini Abeynaike
344. Ranjini Thevarajah Toongabbie Baptist Church, NSW
345. Rasica J Rodrigo
346. Rasika Mendis (Methodist Church)
347. Rayappu Benedict
348. Rebecca Ratnam (Christ Church Galkissa)
349. Reena Mariyanayagam
350. Reginold David – PCAG
351. Renate Rubesh
352. Rev. R.De .S Ekanayake – Margaya Fellowship of Sri Lanka
353. Rev. Bertram Mather, Minister, Uniting church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
354. Rev. Dev Anandarajan Uniting Church in Australia, Melbourne
355. Rev. Dr. Jayasiri T. Peiris
356. Rev. Dr. Maithrie Dundas-White Belfast Ireland
357. Rev. G A Sathish. Methodist memorial church moors road
358. Rev. M. Jude Sutharshan
359. Rev. Mihiri De Silva.
360. Rev. W. P. Ebenezer Joseph, Methodist Church, Kollupitiya, Colombo 3
361. Rishani Sittampalam Semasinghe
362. Rochelle Hakel-Ranasinghe
363. Rodney Fitch (St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya)
364. Rohan Wickramaratne
365. Rohini Arrowsmith
366. Rohini De Silva
367. Romaine Jayewardene
368. Romanie Fernando , Catholic church
369. Romin Fernando
370. Romola Gnanapragasam
371. Roshan Mendis – Methodist
372. Roshanara de Mel, St Theresa’s Church
373. Rosula Fernando- Our lady or of sorrows church Pallansena
374. Royston Faber
375. Rozan Sonnadara
376. Ruha Devanesan
377. Ruki Mather
378. Rukshala Goonetileke
379. Rukshi Fitch (St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya)
380. Rumala Morel
381. Rushira Kulasingham
382. Ruvan Weerasinghe
383. Ruwan Fernando – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
384. S Muralitharan
385. S. Jehan Gunasekara
386. S. P. P. M. Sudasinghe
387. S. T. De Silva
388. S.Daniel Selvakumar
389. S.G.Premkumar – St Paul’s Milagiriya.
390. S.R. Jayawardena
391. S.S.Mathiaparanan – Methodist M
392. Saheli Weerasinghe, Nugegoda Methodist Church
393. Sajeevram Thayanandan
394. Sajini Fernando
395. Samanha Pinto
396. Sameera Suvith Paranawithana
397. Sanara Ranatunge
398. Sandunika karunathilaka
399. Sanjana Perera
400. Sanjayan Rajasingham
401. Sanjit Dias
402. Sanka Peiris – Kadalana Methodist Church
403. Sankhitha Gunaratne
404. Sarah Haputantri
405. Sarah Pathmanathan ( St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya)
406. Sarala Emmanuel
407. Saranga Madusha-People’s Church
408. Sarita de Fonseka
409. Sarojini Dayaratne KMC
410. Sathishka M Shaminda
411. Sathy Kulasingham
412. Sathya Gunawardana
413. Saumya Jayasinghe Wickremesekera
414. Savithri Thevanesam
415. Senal Hewage
416. Senali Kaluthanthri
417. Severina Perera – St.Mary’s – Maharagama
418. Shabthika Jeyamanoharan
419. Shaenali Vittachi
420. Shalomi Daniel
421. Shalomi Feroshika Samuel
422. Shalomie Thileepan
423. Shalonica Jeevanantham from Christ Church Dehiwala Gulkisa
424. Shamala Vedanayagam
425. Shamalka Jayatilleke
426. Shamara Rodrigo – Methodist Church Kadalana
427. Shamika Kulasingham – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
428. Shamindri Weerawardane
429. Shane Halpe
430. Shani Samuel
431. Shanil Wijesinha
432. Shannes Perera RC
433. Shantha Fernando
434. Shanthi Corea
435. Shanthi Dias FOCUS
436. Shanthini Gnaniah
437. Sharmaline Vittachi Kings Revival Church
438. Sharmini Sinniah, Union Church Welisara
439. Sharmini Wickramaratne
440. Shechem Sumanthiran (St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya)
441. Shehan Fernando (Kollupitiya Methodist Church)
442. Shehan Semasinghe
443. Shehani Melesha
444. Shenalie Jayatunge (St.Francis of Assisi)
445. Shenaya Daniels – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
446. Shenuka Jesudason
447. Shenuki Gunesekera Ajitkumar – Kollupitiya Methodist church
448. Shereen Jayasinghe PCAG Colombo 5
449. Sherini Mineka Ruvanthi Marambe
450. Shermaya Thenuwara
451. Sheruni Fernando
452. Shervin Hettige
453. Sheshani Srikumar. Kollupity Methodist church
454. Shevaan Dayaratne – Kollupitiya Methodist Church
455. Shika Samarathunga
456. Shikandani Rodrigo
457. Shilanka de Almeida
458. Shilohni Sumanthiran, KMC
459. Shilohni Vishvabaratha
460. Shimaali Fernando Gomez, Peoples Church Assembly of God
461. Shirandi Jayamanne
462. Shirani Chang
463. Shiromi de Silva – Methodist Church, SL
464. Shiromi Dharmadasa
465. Shohani Egodage
466. Shyamika Kurukulasooriya
467. Sidesh Ismath
468. Simon L. Kappel
469. Sindhu Ratnarajan KMC
470. Sinha wickremesekera
471. Sita Jayatilaka. Methodist Church- Nugegoda
472. Sohan M Fernando
473. Solomon Arasaratnam
474. Sonali Ferdinands
475. Sonara Palapathwala
476. Sriya Fernando – Capalaba Uniting Church Brisbane
477. Sriyantha Goonetilleke
478. Stephan Paulraj
479. Stephanie Miller
480. Stephen Amirthan Satchithanandakumar
481. Stephen Blom – Calvary Church Moratuwa
482. Suasha Miriam Aruni Perera
483. Sumali Sumithrarachchi
484. Sumathy Rajasingham, Kollupitiya Methodist Church
485. Sumedha Hewawickrama
486. Surath Jayetileke (KMC)
487. Suren Watson
488. Suresh de Mel, KBF Church
489. Sushanika Suresh
490. Sushmitha Thayanandan
491. Susie Dharmanandan
492. Suven Thambar
493. Suvendrini Dimbulana
494. Suzie Beling – PCAG
495. T. Beniel (Christian Missionary Church, Trincomalee)
496. Taanya Tranchell People’s Church
497. Tabitha Jayanthakumar
498. Tania Fernandez – St. Lawrences church
499. Tarciusthevarajah Jeyadarsan
500. Tasmeen Weerakoon
501. Tayhani Kannangara
502. Ted Rubesh
503. Thabitha Thayalanesan
504. Thanuki Natasha Goonesinghe
505. Tharaka Muthuthanthri
506. Tharindi Fernando
507. Tharini Mahesan
508. Tharsika Thirukumaranathan
509. Tharushi Sera Ayeshcharya Liyanage St. Anne’s Church, Kurana, Negombo.
510. Thevuni Halangode
511. Thevuni Halangode
512. Thivya Balendran
513. Thiyesa DeSilva
514. Thushari Fernando, Australia
515. Thushi Fonseka
516. Thushyanthi Peiris, Pearce Catholic Church, Canberra, Australia
517. Tiana Abeysinghe – Every Nation Sri Lanka
518. Timothy De Alwis
519. Tiyan Jacob (St. Paul’s church, Milagiriya)
520. Travice Fernando St Anthony’s Church Colombo 3
521. Tuan Azlan
522. Udeshika Dissanayake
523. Vasantha Jayasooriya
524. Vasanthi Thevanesam
525. Ven. Fr. Samuel J Ponniah, Archdeacon of Jaffna
526. Vennila Thevarajah
527. Vihara Liyanage
528. Vineshka Mendis
529. Vinoth Ramachandra
530. Vinuri Weerawardena
531. Vinusha Paulraj
532. Vinushinie Mendis
533. Virginia Silva
534. Vivek Ayesh
535. W S Santharaj
536. W V Chrispin
537. W.L. Chang
538. Wanda. C
539. Y Sajeethara
540. Yamindra Watson Perera
541. Yathushi Phelician
542. Yogaratnam Sajeethara
543. Yohan Abeynaike
544. Yonathan Rommel
545. Yoshan Paulus – Christ Church Mutwal
546. Yoshana Palapathwala (HEC Moratuwa)
547. Yujith Perera – Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church

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