On Monday, August 15, Bishop Jung met with more than 30 clergy and community members in Milwaukee.

My Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have watched the events unfolding in the Milwaukee area. I invite our Conference to continue to remember the people of Milwaukee in your prayers. Pray not only for peace. But pray for the systems that are in place that need changing.

Pray for restorative and racial justice for Milwaukee and all Wisconsin communities. Pray that our churches can find ways to partner with leaders from government and from the community to help bring about good jobs that pay a just living. Pray that our churches can find ways to reach out to frustrated young people who don’t know where to turn. 

Help us to offer the love and community that comes through a healthy church. Pray for our police officers, many of whom are United Methodists, so that they can be safe and help to protect our communities in ways that offer justice for all.

This is a challenging time. May we be witnesses of God’s hope and life. I want to thank those who are serving in the Milwaukee area affected by this unrest and struggle within our inner cities. Please know that you are in my prayers.

Peace,

Hee-Soo Jung, PhD

Bishop