Holston friends respond to Arizona shootings: "This atmosphere of hate must stop"

Holston friends respond to Arizona shootings: "This atmosphere of hate must stop"

 

Holston Conference joins the rest of the nation in lifting prayers of healing after the Jan. 8 shootings that left six dead and more than a dozen wounded in Tucson, Ariz.

Holston friends were invited to offer thoughts or prayers on the conference Facebook page:

  • "I think the church universal needs to condemn these acts. We need to focus our hope on Christ and not the politics that seems to be dividing our nation now. Our people need to believe in hope and not the hype." -- Tony Burgess, White Oak UMC, Chattanooga District
  • "This was not the only shooting that occurred that day, just the most noticed one. Prayers and deeds are needed across our nation and around the world for troubled individuals needing intervention from the turmoil in their lives." -- Jason Phipps, Noe's Chapel UMC, Morristown District
  • "This atmosphere of hate must stop at the highest level and work down to all people. I consider myself just an average U.S. citizen, and I am ashamed of the hateful words our politicians and leaders speak about each other. Please, we can be respectful in disagreement. When these high-level seeds of hate are planted, we should not be surprised that they sprout violence. Let us pray for a more loving atmosphere in our country and in our world." -- Peggy Dalton, Liberty Hill UMC, Morristown District
  • "O Sovereign Lord, we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down by the tragic events of this week. We pray for mercy and consolation for those who've lost ones who are dear to them. We pray for those who are fighting in this very moment for life, and we pray for those who have a long road to recovery due to this terrible act. We remember Jesus' exhortation to pray for those who do evil, and so we pray also for the young man who perpetrated this crime, Lord have mercy. Amen." -- Rev. Jerrod McCormack, Walland UMC, Maryville District
  • "My Facebook status for the day was, 'What about a rhetoric of unity?' The church needs it. Our households need it. The globe needs it. God knows the nation needs it." -- Rev. Katye Fox, Auburn UMC, Wytheville District
  • "The Bible says to think on things that are pure and of good report. Radio/TV shows that focus on hate/rage/licentiousness should be condemned by the Church. I think most adults know which shows to which I am referring. Also, neither political party has a monopoly on God." -- Ellen Pugh Cooper, Elizabeth UMC, Abingdon District

 

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