Churches across Christchurch horrified, line up 50 pairs of shoes to remember victims

Peace gesture
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Peace gesture

Fifty pairs of white shoes sit outside a church in Christchurch as a solemn symbol of the lives lost in the city.

The move comes as churches all over Christchurch used their weekend services to express their horror at the massacre that killed 50 people and injured about 45 at two mosques in the city on Friday.

A campaign titled “give nothing to hate” has also been created to encourage people to wear green hearts to express their solidarity with Muslims.

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Good heart, good people
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Good heart, good people

Merivale’s All Souls Church vicar Megan Herles-Mooar said there was a desire from the congregation to respond to the tragedy.

The congregation decided a pair of shoes to represent each person who died as a tangible way to express the loss.

“People took their shoes off before worship and never put them back on again. There is something about seeing that. These are people, the same as us. They have good hearts and good souls and were good people.”

White for peace
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White for peace

The church asked for donations of shoes and then painted them white.

They were unsure how long the display would remain.

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Seeking responses
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Seeking responses

The church has people supporting the families in every way they could.

A public meeting would be held on Tuesday at the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square at 7 pm for the public to say how they want to respond to the massacre.

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Discussion on varied issues
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Discussion on varied issues

The meeting, organised by the Canterbury Progressive Network, and EcuAction, a Canterbury based Interfaith network, would discuss a number of topics including how widespread white supremacist views were in Canterbury, gun control laws and whether religion was a unifying or dividing force in society.

In pic – A Muslim girl writes a message to pay tribute to victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

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A message for all
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A message for all

A message for unity is seen on a boxing glove at an Islamic Centre in Kilbirnie, Wellington

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