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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


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    From the desk of Bishop Mark J. Webb: Response to Charlottesville

    August 14, 2017 / By Bishop Mark J. Webb

    Bishop Mark Webb has shared the following Response to Charlottesville:

    Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

    Having just returned this morning from some time away with limited access to news, my heart breaks upon reading the reports of what occurred in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday, August 12th. This is evil fully manifested. As the Church of Jesus Christ, we must stand strongly against this kind of hate and racism. I urge you to pray and continue to seek ways to be the hands and feet of Christ. Through your actions and your words boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

    This is a spiritual matter, plain and simple. May we remember that Christ calls us to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. Christ calls us to accept the freedom and power God gives to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. And Christ calls us to confess him as Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as Lord, in union with the church which he has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races.

    Let us confidently offer the light of Christ, as it alone will pierce the darkness within our world.

    Grace and peace,

    Bishop Mark J. Webb

    TAGGED / Episcopal Office


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 867 local churches and 65 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."