Faith community responds to shooting

Echoing calls for prayer, San Bernardino plans services and response

December 3, 2015

Still reeling from the mass shooting that killed 14 and injured 17 in San Bernardino Wednesday, religious leaders in the community called for prayer and announced plans for prayer vigils Thursday night.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church off Arrowhead Ave in San Bernardino, will host one of the vigils. According to the California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church, seven local churches will collaborate for the service that is being held in support of the impacted communities.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) said members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) who live in the area and two other team members who coincidently were attending an event in Los Angeles who have experience in responding to human-caused disasters are planning to attend worship services of churches in the area according to the organization's Facebook page. Greg Forrester, Assistant General Secretary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief spoke to Bishop Minerva G. Carcaņo of the California-Pacific Conference Wednesday as events were still unfolding.

Prayer services were held at other area churches Wednesday night. The Rock Church, about 7 miles from where the shootings occurred, held a prayer service Wednesday night.

Other religious leaders called for prayer. Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of the Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino wrote to parishioners, suggesting they pray for the survivors, victims and first responders. "Our community of San Bernardino has faced great challenges through the years. Let us come together now in unity to bring light to the darkness of this day," he added.

Faith-based organizations across the country were already planning a gun violence prevention weekend Dec. 10-14 even as news of the San Bernardino shootings was reported.

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