A Word from Bishop Bryan
The South Georgia Conference joins the nation in mourning those who were killed, and those who were injured, in the tragic shooting at a school yesterday in Parkland, FL. In solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Florida Conference, I want to share this statement from Bishop Ken Carter, who grew up in the South Georgia Conference. Bishop Carter speaks often of his deep affection for South Georgia. Here is his statement:
"On this Ash Wednesday, our services announced the biblical imperative to 'repent and believe the gospel.' In light of today's shootings, we repent from our participation in a culture of death, we acknowledge the harm we do to others, and we claim the power of the cross that breaks the cycle of violence and retaliation. We also grieve with the communities of Parkland and Coral Springs, Florida, in the deaths of seventeen persons and the wounding of many others on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. A number of surrounding United Methodist Churches have students at this school, and our connection will support their healing ministry in the days ahead."