We, as United Methodist Clergy in the Central Coast area of California, stand in solidarity against today’s violence at our nation’s capital, and hereby reaffirm the statement of Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, General Secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church:
Today is when the Congress of the United States certifies the votes of the people. This duty fulfills Congress’s constitutional role in the democratic process.
The peaceful transition of power is a pillar of representative democracy.
Even as we affirm the right to peaceful assembly, nothing must disrupt this democratic process.
We condemn the rhetoric from leaders inciting violence and division. We call on all to work for justice and the common good of the country and our democracy.
We continue to pray for the healing of our nation. Join [us] in praying these words from the Prayer in a Time of National Crisis (from the United Methodist Book of Worship, # 517):
May leaders be led by your wisdom;
May they search your will and see it clearly
If we have turned from your way,
Reverse our ways and help us to repent.
Give us your light and your truth, let them guide us;
Through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of this world, and our Savior.
We also reaffirm the message of Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the California-Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, who professed:
On this Day of Epiphany, Christians remember that the Magi guided by a divine light visited the Christ Child bearing gifts and their souls.
Let us pray for the divine light of Christ to manifest the fullness of his righteousness in this our moment of darkness.
The protests against the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that have escalated to violence at the US and at the California state capitals are truly an expression of darkness based on deception and fear-mongering.
As people committed to a civil society and a democratic process of governance, this is not the way to express differences of opinion. It certainly is not the way to be as people of faith.
Let us pray for our broken society and recommit to being followers of Christ who is the Light of the World.
Gabriel House (Aptos),
Clyde Vaughn (Boulder Creek),
Luke Ham (Carmel),
Patrick Davis (Morgan Hill),
Hwapyoung Kang (Gilroy),
Karla Lundin (Hollister),
Angel Rivero (Marina),
Sanghyun Lee (Marina),
Steve Lundin (Salinas),
Jay K. Pierce (Santa Cruz),
and Robin Mathews-Johnson (Watsonville)