Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr. continues his renewal leave but wanted to address the recent church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina:
Mississippi United Methodists,
I send my love and fervent prayers for comfort to the families of the nine persons shot on Wednesday night while attending a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
I call on the people of the United Methodist churches in Mississippi to join me in expressing our love and to set aside a time of prayer for these families during our personal prayer time and our church worship.
I know that you are aware that these shootings indicate an even greater need for the Church. Hatred cannot be eradicated by laws, but only by changed lives. That is the work of God we have been called and empowered to do. Emanuel AME Church, we cry with you and pledge to allow God to use us to transform hate to love. Let's get busy, Mississippi.
Bishop James E. Swanson, Sr.
Click here to read the statement from Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference.
Click here to read the statement from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops.
Click here to read the statement from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.