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Brevet fra Metodistkirken i Norge til Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church lyder slik:
Dear fellow Methodists
Grace and peace from our Lord Jesus Christ be with you in this time of pain and mourning.
The Norway Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in session in Halden join you in prayer grieving the murders of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight parishoners during a prayer meeting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.
There are no words to adequately describe the brutality and evil of this crime, or to express the immense pain it is causing to the victims’ families, the congregation and the community. We voice the hope and faith of David “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.”
We call upon our Methodist people to support and care for victims of hate and racism, and to take active and prayerful part in ending all expressions racism and hatred with words and acts of justice and peace.
Much prayer is needed for the Emanuel AME Church and the Charleston community – be assured that the Methodist people in Norway as well as in the other Nordic and Baltic countries join you in those prayers.
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