14 September 2001

Letter from the European Methodist Council to American church leaders

Dr Robert Edgar, General Secretary, National Council of Churches in the USA 
Bishop Ernest Lyght, New York Area, United Methodist Church 
Bishop Felton May, Baltimore Washington Area, United Methodist Church 
Bishop Hae Jong Kim, Western Pennsylvanian Area, United Methodist Church

As members of the European Methodist Council meeting in Moscow, we write to express to you our deepest sympathy at the great tragedy which has befallen the American people.

We had just concluded our meeting when the news came through, and words cannot express the sorrow we feel. We represent the United Methodist and Methodist traditions in 33 different European countries. Several of our guests here are American and many of us have family, friends and colleagues in the United States.

Our prayers go out to you and the people to whom you minister as you come to terms with your great loss. We pray also for the President of the United States and the governments of the world in this tragic hour.

May the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation console you in all your afflictions.

Bishop Heinrich Bolleter 
Rev Nigel Collinson 
Co-Chairs of the European Methodist Council

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