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United Methodist leaders respond to Buffalo shooting

The General Board of Church and Society use the marquee sign in front of the United Methodist Building to express sympathy for the victims of the Shooting in Buffalo. March 2022. Courte
The General Board of Church and Society use the marquee sign in front of the United Methodist Building to express sympathy for the victims of the Shooting in Buffalo. March 2022. Courte

On May 14, 2022, a gunman fired shots inside a grocery store in Buffalo, NY, killing 10 people and injuring three. The shooter was a self-proclaimed white supremacist whose online activity included references to various racist conspiracy theories.

The United Methodist Church condemns all forms of racism and white supremacy. “Racism, manifested as sin, plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ, inasmuch as it is antithetical to the gospel itself. In many cultures white persons are granted unearned privileges and benefits that are denied to persons of color. We oppose the creation of a racial hierarchy in any culture.” (¶ 162 The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016)

United Methodist leaders representing annual conferences, general agencies, local churches and other denominational agencies have come together in condemning both the attack in Buffalo and the ideology of racism and hatred that motivated the shooter.

Annual conferences

General agencies

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