Statement from Bishop Jones on Capitol Protests

January 7, 2021


Pastors and leaders of the United Methodist Church,

As I watched the chaos unfold yesterday at the capitol protests, like many of you, I was shocked and heartbroken. This is not how we as Americans choose our leaders. I know that finding the right words to say is difficult, but at times like this, leaders remind the people of our values and call people to be their very best. Followers of Jesus must love their neighbors, serve the Truth and help our communities and our nation live up to our highest standards.

The actions yesterday drove me to my knees as I fervently pray for each of you as leaders of the United Methodist Church as we once again face unprecedented and difficult times.

Please join me in praying for our nation, our leaders and everyone involved as we face a new day. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves—all of our neighbors. We serve the Truth and we trust in God that the Truth will set us free. I continue to pray for you as you lead and minister to our churches during these uncertain times.


Grace and Peace,

Bishop Scott J. Jones