We, men and women faith leaders, come together in this moment of history, to speak as one voice. We refer to the powerful statements already made about events around the Hagia Sophia, by some of us – including His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Holiness Pope Francis, the World Council of Churches, Middle East Council of Churches and KAICIID. As we hear our Christian brethren, we raise our voices as faith leaders representing Baháʼí, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Indigenous Spirituality, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian faiths.
Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is meant to be shared with all the world. We are committed to the universality of heritage as something that can create peace and respect for all faiths.
As faith leaders, we recognize and accept the sacred duty and the responsibilities of appealing to the highest instincts of our shared humanity, and service to the Divine within and among all. Continue reading