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United Methodists send message to Charleston neighbors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2015

Nashville, Tenn. — In response to the tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, United Methodist Communications is spreading a message of healing, hope and peace from The United Methodist Church in support of the people of Charleston, S.C. and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

A full-page color ad will appear in the Charleston Post and Courier on Sunday, June 21, which conveys a simple and straightforward message:  Our neighbors. Our hearts. Our hearts. Our prayers. The ad calls for communities to join together in support of the victims and their families and asks readers to share their prayers on the denomination's Facebook page. (See the ad here)

In a letter to the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Warner Brown, Jr., president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops said, "We call on United Methodists and all

people of good will to support the victims of this and all acts of violence, to work to end racism and hatred, to seek peace with justice, and to live the prayer that our Lord gave us, that God’s ‘kingdom come, His will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven'."

United Methodist Communications has ofttimes used advertising to relay messages of concern to a hurting community in the aftermath of violence and natural disasters -- times when people are suffering and may need a reminder of God's love.

For more information on The United Methodist Church's response or resources on the topic of responding to violence, visit UMC.org/violence.

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About United Methodist Communications
As the communications agency for The United Methodist Church, United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness and visibility of the denomination in communities and nations around the globe. United Methodist Communications also offers services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.

Media contact:

Diane Degnan
ddegnan@umcom.org
615-742-5406 (office)
615-483-1765 (cell)