President of Council of Bishops issues statement on Paris attacks


Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, has issued the following statement about the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris: 

John 11:35

Candles and flowers were placed outside the Le Carillon café in tribute to those killed
in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. At least 129 people died in various locations and more
than 350 were injured. Photo by John Seigenthaler, Aljazeera America

Jesus wept.

This week, we weep for those in Paris. We weep for the senseless violence. We weep for the innocents whose lives were cut short. We weep for those who are grieving, who are frightened, who are hurting. We weep for those whose hearts are breaking, in France and all over the world. As several world leaders have stated, this is an attack on all humanity.

Even as we weep, we know that God is with us, that he sustains us with hope and that he will dry our tears. Once again, the forces of evil have tried to dominate; but, as disciples of Jesus, we must make our witness that the darkness will not overcome our light.

Let us be in prayer for Paris and the people of France. These events have impacted them in the way September 11, 2001, grieved the U.S. Also, please pray for communities around our world that will not make the news, but cringe under the threat of violence. May the Holy Spirit guide us in ways that will break this cycle of violence.

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr.
President, Council of Bishops

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