We join in sympathy and grief with our fellow Floridians in the wake of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida.

>> As people of faith, we are called to respond. Together, we are called to make a difference, in this broken and hurting world.

By the request of our Bishop Ken Carter, we read the names of the 17 individuals who were killed in the shooting during services on Sunday, Feb. 18.

>> Bishop Carter has set a goal for Florida United Methodists to send 5,000 letters to government officials as a plea for legislation to end gun violence. Let’s join with other United Methodist around the state and make a difference together. Please let us know how many letters you sent and to whom by completing this form. Many thanks!

Learn more at 5000letters.com

Here is a sample letter for you to download, customize and mail:

Senator Bill Nelson
716 Senate Hart Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Marco Rubio
317 Hart Bldg,
Washington, DC 20510

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Representative Kathy Castor
4144 N Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

 

Here are links to email our government officials:

Want to contact your state representative or senator?

 

A resolution titled A Call to End Gun Violence was adopted by our most recent General Conference in 2016.

What the Bible and The United Methodist Church Say:
The prophet Micah casts a hopeful vision of the future where nations will “beat their swords into iron plows, and their spears into pruning hooks.” (Micah 4:3) Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

The United Methodist Church urges “congregations to advocate at the local and national level for laws that prevent or reduce gun violence.” Read more details about what can be done.

 

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