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Pray for peace on Sept. 11, United Methodist leader urges

 


Pray for peace on Sept. 11, United Methodist leader urges

Sept. 10, 2004

By United Methodist News Service

The third anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America provides a time to pray for peace as well as celebrate hope, a United Methodist leader said.

"Sept. 11th is a date of infamy that reminds the whole world of the horrors and pains of violence," said the Rev. R. Randy Day, top staff executive of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. "This year, images of terrorism in Russia join those from New York and Washington, D.C., in 2001, while conflict in the Middle East, especially Iraq, continues to darken the horizon.

"September 11th is a time for sober reflection on the meaning of life, on human aspirations, and on the power of sin and selfishness," he said. "It is a time for ardent prayer for God’s guidance as we struggle for peace on a planet of national, ethnic, and religious diversity."

Day’s statement was released Sept. 10. A few days earlier, he and Bishop Joel Martinez, president of the Board of Global Ministries, issued a statement expressing support for the Russian people following a series of terrorist attacks that have left more than 450 people dead in that country.

Many United Methodist congregations around the country are marking the Sept. 11 anniversary or have commemorated it with recent services.

"Peace with justice is a major goal of Christian mission," Day said. "On this September 11, 2004, I urge all United Methodists to join with their neighbors in commemorations celebrating hope and prayers that point toward a kinder, more merciful world.

"May God grant to all people the determination to dwell together in mutual respect and nonviolence."

News media contact: Tim Tanton, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5473 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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