A Church Makes Declaration of Peace After Being Bombed
Hundreds of Bethel Full Gospel Church at Kepunton, Solo, Central Java, held a night musings and the declaration of peace after being bombed.
Hundreds of Bethel Full Gospel Church at Kepunton, Solo, Central Java, held a night musings and the declaration of peace, Monday, October 3, 2011 around 6:00 pm. Each congregation who came was given a black headband that reads “We Forgive” for use during the event.
The event was deliberately organized as a form of forgiveness of suicide bombers that carried out by people who are not responsible on 25 September 2011. They hope the it will remove inter-religious hostility, especially in Solo. Approximately 48 people were injured in this incident, 28 were seriously injured. Hundreds of church congregation then lit candles and prayed that the incidence of suicide bombing is no longer happening again in
The church also expressed their gratitudes to representative of an Islamic organization that has helped secure the church after suicide bomb incident. Prayer and the declaration of peace summit was marked by the release of hundreds of white balloons as a symbol of peace.
The first worship service after the bombing occurred was held on October 2, 2011. Congregations that attended the service were more than before the bombing incident. A number of Muslim youth helped to maintain security during the session.