Grace and peace to you in these days of ongoing violence. We mourn the deaths of four persons, including the perpetrator, and the injuring of many others in yesterday’s Gilroy mass shooting. Pastor Hwapyoung Kang quickly called the members of our Gilroy church and learned that all whom he could reach were safe. We know he is continuing to provide pastoral care in the community. We give God thanks for Pastor Kang, the first responders, and all who continue to provide care to those affected.
We have received prayers from as far as Cuba. Bishop Ricardo Pereira Diaz, of the Methodist Church in Cuba, offered up the prayers and support of our Methodist brothers and sisters in Cuba through an email he sent this morning. Let us all continue to pray for the families of the Gilroy community, among them the members of our own church.
Let us also continue to pray and work for peace. Just in California this is the third mass shooting in the last eight months. We remember the shooting in Thousand Oaks last November, and the shooting at the Jewish synagogue in Poway, north of San Diego, last April. The need for gun control must certainly be part of the response to these situations. God have mercy upon us.
Your Sister in Christ,
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
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