Pax Christi USA Official Statement on the Shooting Massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon

Apr 9, 2023

Welcome to Peace Church, where faith and compassion intersect to build a better community and society. In the wake of the tragic shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Pax Christi USA wishes to express our heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with those affected by this senseless act of violence and offer our prayers and support during this difficult time.

Understanding the Tragedy

The shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College shocked the nation and serves as a painful reminder of the complex challenges we face as a society. As a community rooted in faith and beliefs, it is essential for us to address this tragedy with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to fostering peace.

Pax Christi USA Stands in Solidarity

As an organization dedicated to promoting peace, justice, and nonviolence in the United States, Pax Christi USA condemns all acts of violence and stands in solidarity with the victims and their families. Our mission is to transform the world by building a culture of peace grounded in justice, inclusivity, and compassion. We believe that violence only perpetuates more violence, and it is through dialogue, understanding, and education that we can begin to break this cycle.

The Role of Faith in Times of Tragedy

During times of tragedy, faith often serves as a source of solace and guidance. At Peace Church, we believe that faith calls us to respond with love, compassion, and forgiveness. We strive to create a space where individuals can come together, seek comfort, and find strength in their religious beliefs. Our community offers support, counseling, and resources for those affected by this tragedy, as well as a platform for open discussions on the role of faith in our response to violence.

Building Peaceful Communities

Peace Church is committed to transforming our communities into havens of peace and understanding. We actively work towards eradicating violence, promoting dialogue, and fostering reconciliation. Through our various programs, initiatives, and partnerships, we aim to empower individuals and communities to address the root causes of violence and find lasting solutions.

Supporting the Victims and Their Families

In the midst of this tragedy, it is crucial that we offer our support and compassion to the victims and their families. Peace Church, together with Pax Christi USA, is actively involved in providing assistance, resources, and counseling to those affected by this devastating event. We collaborate with local organizations, faith-based groups, and community leaders to ensure comprehensive support and aid.

Join Us in Prayer

In addition to the tangible actions we take, prayer is a powerful tool for healing and hope. We invite you to join us in prayer for the victims, their families, and the community of Umpqua Community College. Together, we can uplift and support those who have been impacted by this tragedy.

Contact Peace Church for Support

If you or someone you know has been affected by the shooting massacre at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, please do not hesitate to reach out to Peace Church. Our dedicated team is here to provide assistance, resources, and a listening ear. You can contact us through our website, by phone, or by visiting our physical location.


In times of unimaginable tragedy, it is our shared responsibility to come together, support one another, and work towards a more peaceful future. Peace Church, along with Pax Christi USA, remains committed to our mission of building a world rooted in compassion, justice, and nonviolence. Together, we can bring about positive change and create a community and society where violence has no place and peace reigns.