Responding to Boston Tragedy



Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Our hearts and prayers go out to those harmed on Monday at the Boston Marathon, and to the families who have lost loved ones in such senseless violence. It is important for us to focus our prayers on healing and strength for the survivors, and not on blind retribution and anger. Violence begets violence, and it is important for us to show restraint and patience in finding out the perpetrators of such mindless action. Let us not jump to uninformed conclusions before we know more of the evidence in this case. I am sure that justice will prevail, but let us show restraint before we know who is ultimately responsible. In the meantime, let us focus on prayers of healing for the survivors, and comfort for the bereaved.

Our United Methodist Church is responding to the tragedy with signs of faith and messages of hope. You can find some of those listed below.

Be the hope,


Messages and resources for responding to Boston bombings

General Board of Discipleship resources, including information on how to talk to children, prayer and scripture suggestions

Facebook page where United Methodists have been sharing their prayers

United Methodist New Service article about the church’s response


Grant Hagiya
Bishop Grant Hagiya serves the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area, providing leadership to the Oregon-Idaho, Pacific Northwest and Alaska Conferences.