It is with great sadness that I write to you today. Early Saturday morning, an arsonist set fire to the Islamic Center of Eastside, horribly damaging a place of worship and a spiritual home for our Muslim brothers and sisters in Bellevue. A suspect has been arrested, and while we don’t yet know the motive of this terrible act of violence, we do know how important it is for us to come alongside this community and offer whatever support and assistance we can.
We are working with several of our Bellevue congregations to determine how we can best offer our assistance. In the meantime, the Islamic Center of Eastside has a page set up to accept donations for the rebuilding of their facilities here.
I also ask you to pray for those who call this mosque home, that they may find solace and strength in the midst of this difficult time.
The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel
Bishop of Olympia