13 June 2016
The Revd Steven Wild and Dr Jill Barber, the President and
Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, have made a statement
adding their prayers to millions across the world in response to
the horrific mass shooting at a gay night club on Sunday 12 June in
"We join with people from across the world as we mourn
the tragic loss of lives in Orlando, Florida, yesterday. Together
we pray for the families, friends and communities affected by this
Today the President and Vice-President of the Methodist
"We stand in solidarity with our LGBTQI brothers and
sisters, and acknowledge the pain caused when we fail to live out
the love of Christ for all. We are desperately sad that hurt
has been caused by the statement made yesterday, which was an
immediate response to assure people of our love and prayers for
those affected by this tragedy.
The murders in Orlando were an abhorrent tragedy, possibly
the largest targeted killing of the LGBTQI community since the
Second World War.
God's love is for all. As Christians we are
called first and foremost to love all.
We stand together with gay and straight men and
women, and continue to hold the LGBTQI community, the victims'
friends and their families in our hearts, thoughts and
Below are some further reflections, thoughts and prayers
others have written on this horrific tragedy and we encourage you
to add your own too."
Please follow the links below for some prayers which you can use
for personal reflection or in your services:
and reflections responding to Orlando, Singing the Faith
A reflection and prayer from the Revd Micky
Youngson, London District Chair
A prayer in response to the killing of members of the LGBTI
community in Orlando, by the Revd Ruth Gee
Statement on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting by the
World Methodist Council
Archbishops joint statement to the Orlando
A Prayer for Orlando, by the Church of
A response to the attack in Orlando, by Bishop
Minerva G Carcano
A Prayer for Orlando, by the Revd Rachel