It was with great sorrow that we learned of yet another senseless act of harm upon innocents in our country. We are saddened and broken-hearted as we think about our LGBTQ brothers and sisters who were wounded and those whose lives came to such an abrupt and harrowing end in Orlando. We pray for God’s comfort for the wounded, for the friends and families of all the victims, and for the first responders. We stand in solidarity with friends and family of those in Florida and are prayerful that we, as a country, a Church, and a people, will continue to press forward in efforts towards love, not hate; inclusion, not exile; conversation, not forgone conclusion.
We hope the Church will recognize its role in marginalizing and excluding brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community from the full embrace of the Church, and we pray the Church will offer healing and hope to all people during this extreme crisis. May this be the moment when the Church of Christ rises up to fully accept Micah’s call “to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” alongside and with all of His beloved children. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.