February 8, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has condemned the recent hatred and racist attacks on houses of worships and institutions of learning in the United States.
In a statement released today, the Council of Bishops referred to the recent attack on a synagogue in Texas and bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities.
“We want our Jewish sisters and brothers to know that we are appalled by this senseless violence and stand with them,” the statement said. “Soon after the antisemitic attack in Colleyville, Texas, a series of bomb threats were received at Historic Black Colleges and Universities across the United States. At the beginning of Black History month, no less! This begs the question, ‘when will these acts of hate end?’”
The statement calls on United Methodists not to remain silent and not to only pray but also add voices and actions to the prayers.
“We cannot remain neutral when it comes to hate crimes, hate speech, and fomenting and committing violence in our world. We won’t have any moral grounds if we say we love God and yet take no action against racism and hatred,” said the statement, signed by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, president of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
Click here to read the full statement