http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.2794225/k.9943/Staff_Directory.htm Link to their directory "The United Methodist Church considers it a priority public health issue to prevent firearm-related death and injury. In its resolution on 'Gun Violence,' the denomination calls for social policies and personal lifestyles that bring an end to senseless gun violence, including a ban on all handguns.…" "Equal to our sadness at this tragic loss of life is our disappointment at Congress’ inability to place public safety above the interests of the National Rifle Assn. Our society can no longer afford to allow the power of the gun lobby in its efforts to ensure ownership without responsibility to keep Congress mute on this pressing Portion of their statement Bro. Christie, I was saved in a Methodist Church, grew up in one, married a Methodist girl, taught SS, lay/charge delegate, lay speaker. The church started backing abortion/gays in the pulpit and we left along with about 1/3 of the population of the nation’s churches. The exec (Winkler) has done it again and many will leave because of his statement on gun control. Am retired now but still hunt, shoot competitively, and have many firearms. Our constitution has the 2ond in it for a very important reason. Thomas Jefferson put it plainly in several letters/quotes. In the end we may be called upon to defend our country against all enemies—foreign and domestic. You cannot do this with a 22 and a shotgun. Our government knows this and wants to eventually eliminate all citizens owning the means to protect themselves---thereby making us subjects/slaves. Please show this to Winkler or at least express how many feel across the US about his statement. Would write him but am sure it would go into the trash long before it got to his attention. Open minds/Open doors/Open hearts works both ways sir and hope he retracts. At conference I am sure he will get an earful but that is a long time away. Thank you very much, ---------- Portion of my letter to them.