Sept. 10, 2004
By United Methodist News Service
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
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.
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."
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
United Methodist congregations around the country are marking the Sept.
11 anniversary or have commemorated it with recent services.
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 email@example.com.