13 June 2016

Orlando shooting

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 Orlando, Florida.

"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 horrific tragedy."

Today the President and Vice-President of the Methodist Conference added:

"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 prayers.

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:

Hymns and reflections responding to Orlando, Singing the Faith Plus

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 shootings

A Prayer for Orlando, by the Church of England

A response to the attack in Orlando, by Bishop Minerva G Carcano

A Prayer for Orlando, by the Revd Rachel Mann

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