United Methodists joined in expressions of distress and grief, as well as calls for prayer, after another mass shooting in the United States left 10 people dead and nine injured at Umpqua Community College in southwest Oregon.
“My heart aches, and my prayers go out to all of those who were killed or injured,” said Bishop Grant Hagiya, who oversees the Oregon-Idaho Conference. “Let us call upon the power of God to heal and comfort during this challenging time.”
Rev. Pamela Meese leads two United Methodist churches near Umpqua Community College and spent the hours after the Oct. 1 shootings comforting a church member who teaches at the school and was awaiting word on colleagues or students she knew who might have been victims.
“It has been a tragic, tragic day, but we trust God is stronger than any evil,” Meese said late Thursday, Oct. 1.
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– Sam Hodges is a staff writer for United Methodist News Service.