Last month, The World Methodist Council family received news of the horrific shootings that took place on Wednesday, June 17, at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina. In response, the WMC released a statement and headquarters office received an outpouring of love and prayers for the congregation and for the leaders of the A.M.E. Church. Several of the responses are below:
From the Methodist Church (Upper Myanmar)
On behalf of the Methodist Church (Upper Myanmar) and as the Conference President personally, I would like to say it is a terrible and shocking news which we never imagine to happen in the church. I offer my sympathy and prayer to all the victims and their relatives and the EAMEC itself. As it is the earthly life, the church also cannot escape from any tragedy that we need to be ready to face any difficulties with our faith, not to escape. There is no other dreadful than hanging on the Cross what Jesus suffered from!
Rev. Dr. James Ngun Hlei
From the Methodist Church in Ireland
I wish to express on behalf of the Methodist Community in Ireland our deep shock and sadness of the terrible loss of life at Emmanuel Methodist Episcopal Church in Charlestown.
It is such a contradiction that those at prayer should be gunned down in such a tragic way.
Please be assured of our prayers for those who have been taken, for the community of the church as they seek to understand what has happened. May God be your strength and your resting place, as He ministers grace to you all.
Rev Brian Anderson, President
From the Wesleyan Church USA (via Facebook)
We, as The Wesleyan Church, grieve with our brothers and sisters of Charleston and especially the Emanuel AME congregation, as well as our SWU family who has suffered this horrendous evil. We are joining in prayer that God will bring healing and peace in Charleston and throughout our nation.
Rev. Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent
Several of our member churches also issued statements on the shootings:
- Christian Methodist Episcopal Church – Message from Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick
- The United Methodist Church – Letter from the Council of Bishops
- The Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches of Latin America and the Caribbean (CIEMAL) – Message of Solidarity
- The Methodist Church in Britain – Letter of Solidarity from President & Vice-President of the Conference