US Presidential Election
11 November 2016
The President and Vice-President of the Methodist
Conference have released the following statement in response to
this week's Presidential election.
The United States has chosen Donald Trump as its new
President. Viewed from the United Kingdom, the campaign appeared
more hard fought, bitter and divisive than ever before. The result
will undoubtedly cause both great pain and great celebration
throughout the United States and the wider world.
Many of the statements made by President-Elect Trump during the
campaign will prompt grave concern. Much of what was said was
profoundly at odds with the beliefs and values of our
Our understanding of God's purpose is that all people are valued
and should be treated with dignity and respect. This value is
incompatible with the "off the cuff" comments made about
women or in support of torture and mistreatment of prisoners; nor
can it be reconciled with the more considered rhetoric directed at
immigrants and people of different faiths.
The Churches view climate change as one of the greatest challenges
facing humankind. Our brothers and sisters in Pacific Islands are
already experiencing its consequences. We know that, even with the
plans agreed at the Paris COP21 last year, many more people and
species will be threatened. It is of profound concern that Mr Trump
has indicated that he wishes to ignore the world's scientists and
leaders, dismiss the threat of climate change and refuse to
implement the Paris targets.
In a democratic society, votes bestow a right, and a
responsibility, to govern. We respect and honour this, and
recognise that we are all facing a new political landscape.
The Methodist Church must always stand with our sisters and
brothers in partner Churches as they seek to promote truth and
justice, holding the new administration to account when
President-Elect Trump says that he will seek the common ground.
We will pray for him and all who have the responsibility of
leadership. We hope and desire that the United States will
travel a peaceful, generous, faithful and just path.
We offer this prayer:
God of truth and justice,
We give you thanks for the peoples of the United States Of
and pray for Donald Trump, the Senate and Congress at a time
of change and transition.
Grant to its leaders,
vision, wisdom and compassion.
To its people,
listening ears, generous hearts and a spirit of unity,
to the world,
a compelling vision of your kingdom that excites our
deepens our love,
and inspires us to build in every place communities of welcome
that cast out division.
In Christ's name,
Revd Roger Walton and Rachel Lampard
President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference