An angry man went into a gay nightclub and shot and killed as many people as he could. As we move into the post-Christian era we can expect such incidents to increase. The following letter from our bishop addresses this matter.
church response to hate
UNY Notes June 12, 2016 Statement about the tragic shootings in Orlando, Fla. Once again we are witnesses to unimaginable and horrific violence that has claimed the lives of over fifty people and injured dozens more. This time it has happened in Orlando, Fla. I invite you to join me in prayer for the families and friends of those killed, that God would bring comfort in the midst of despair. Let us pray for God's healing touch upon those who are dealing with physical injuries and emotional trauma. Let us pray for our United Methodist sisters and brothers in the Orlando area as God uses them to be the presence of Christ in the midst of this tragedy. Days like this remind us that evil is real and darkness is a part of the world in which we live. As people who claim faith in Jesus Christ, we know the light, we have been changed by the light and we are called to offer the light of Christ to the world. Let us seek the ways we can be the very tangible hands and feet of Christ, following and living the Gospel message. Let us seek ways to be bold in proclaiming the name of Jesus and inviting others to experience the transformation that only Jesus can provide. Our world needs the good news - let us be people of good news! Our world needs Jesus - let us be people who invite others to know the One we know. In the midst of violence, let us not shrink from the hope we have in the one we call Savior. May we not shrink from offering the hope of Jesus to a world in desperate need. Spiritual forces of darkness will not have victory - the victory has been won in Jesus the Christ! Lord, in your mercy comfort those who mourn, touch those who need your healing and provide peace in the midst of fear. Lord, in your mercy allow goodness to overcome evil and light to pierce the darkness. --Bishop Mark J. Webb