Bishop Huie Speaks in Orlando
Over a year ago, Bishop Huie was asked to present an address about leadership to the 2016 Florida Annual Conference in Orlando. No one could have envisioned the tragedy that took place in Orlando just 5 days before her speech. As she began, she first shared with the delegates an expression of condolence from the people of the Texas Annual Conference,
“I want to begin by expressing our sympathy, our prayers, and our support for you, the Florida Annual Conference, for the people of Orlando, and especially for the LGBT and Latino communities. You have suffered a horrific loss fueled by hate and violence. Our hearts ache for you. Our compassion reaches out to you. We long to find ways to support you.
Many of us who live in Houston feel a special kinship with the people of Orlando. Like Orlando, Houston has a large, vibrant, creative, LGBT community whose gifts bless our city. Nearly 1/3 of our population is Hispanic/Latino. The atrocity perpetrated in Orlando could have happened in Houston. Over the last several days, our churches and synagogues and mosques in Houston have held prayer vigils. Faith leaders have spoken words of solidarity at press conferences. Many faith leaders, United Methodists among them, are freshly determined to stand against hate and fear and intolerance and join together in decisive action on behalf of a brighter future for all. We hold all of you in our prayers.”
She also shared photos of the vigil held at St. Paul’s UMC, Houston.
FLUMC Coverage of Bishop Huie's Address: Leadership in the Midst of Change