September 11: A Day for Prayer and Peace – UMC.org

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September 11: A Day for Prayer and Peace – UMC.org.

This is an except from a statement by Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and Bishop Neil l. Lyons Executive Secretary of the Council of Bishops.

“September 11 should be a day of prayer for rebuilding and restoring relationships, and for reaching out to find ways to work and live together in this world. It is not a day for burning the holy book of another faith tradition. Tragically one person has garnered headlines for advocating such a thing. There is nothing of Jesus in such an action. In fact, as we recall, there was a time when the disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven on the perceived enemies for refusing to receive Jesus. No, Jesus said; in fact he “rebuked” those who advocated such a means. (Luke 9:51-55). Such an action is not the way of Jesus, nor the way of peace and love.”

Click on the above link to read the entire statement at the UMC.org website.