The video images of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, will remain with us long after we have viewed them. Our newspapers and computer screens are filled with the images of violence. They are deeply disturbing and painful to watch.
As a people of faith committed to social justice and opposed to racism and violence, we come again to a time to examine and set for ourselves specific goals. These goals should be a faith statement of witness, advocacy and prayer.
Therefore, we are called to witness not only as faithful disciples but to witness to the world the injustices we see and experience.
We are called to serve as advocates to our beliefs and, in this context, to clearly be advocate against prejudice, hate, racism and violence in any form.
We are called to pray. Prayer is powerful. Let us all unite in prayer, for much healing is needed.
As followers of Christ, we have a sacred calling to lead our communities in tearing down the walls that divide us.
This is our prayer for the people in Charlottesville and for the people of our nation and world.
I invite you to join with me in supporting Bishop Sharma Lewis as she gives leadership to the people of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church at this critical time.
Grace and peace,
L. Jonathan Holston
South Carolina Conference
The United Methodist Church
Click here to read a statement from Bishop Sharma Lewis, resident bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Click here to read a statement from Bishop Bruce Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops.