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Pastors give ecumenical response, support in light of Westboro Baptist Church protests

December 14, 2017
For Immediate Release
Dec. 14, 2017

Wheat Ridge, Colo. – On Dec. 17, members of Westboro Baptist Church will be demonstrating at Denver area churches: the Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, Wheat Ridge Congregational United Church of Christ, Clear Creek Church and Heritage Christian Center in Aurora, Colorado. The Wheat Ridge Police Department will be present at the three demonstrations in Wheat Ridge, ensuring safety for members attending church on Sunday morning.

As we worship, we will be praying for the people from Westboro, in Colorado and in our world. Our faith communities believe in extending love and grace to all our sisters and brothers, regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnicity and race, ability, economic situation, sexual orientation and gender. We strive to create a Beloved Community, where we transform the world through loving acts of kindness, generosity and hospitality.

We will continue our mission to be an open and welcoming community where all know that they are a child of God. Thank you.

Grace and peace to you all,

Rev. Eun-Sang Lee, Wheat Ridge United Methodist Church, Wheat Ridge, CO
Rev. Jamie Martens, Edgewater United Methodist Church, Edgewater, CO
Rev. Vivian Hiestand, Simpson United Methodist Church, Arvada, CO
Rev. Stephanie Kidwell, Arvada United Methodist Church, Arvada, CO
Rev. Eric Smith, Arvada United Methodist Church, Arvada, CO
Rev. Bradley Laurvick, Highlands United Methodist Church, Denver, CO
Rev. Paul Murphy-Geiss, Green Mountain United Methodist Church, Lakewood, CO
Rev. Paul Kottke, Superintendent, Metropolitan District, Rocky Mountain Conference
Rev. Eric Banner, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO
Rev. Wendy Williams, Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO
Pastor Betsy McCrae, Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Lakewood, CO
Rev. Emily Cardin, Glory of God Lutheran Church, Wheat Ridge, CO
Pastor Jeni Hiett Umble, Living Light of Peace, Arvada, CO
Rev. Shannon O’Hurley, Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO
Rev. Rebecca Jones, St. James Episcopal Church, Wheat Ridge, CO
Rev. Nori Rost, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Colorado Springs, CO
Rev. Barry Bloom, Unitarian-Universalist Church of Greeley, CO
Rev. Jann Halloran, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker, CO
Rev. Aaron Norris, First Universalist Church of Denver, CO
Rev. Laura Sugg, Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church, Wheat Ridge, CO
Rev. Jerry Herships, AfterHours Denver, CO
Rev. David Amrie, Calvary United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, CO
Jenny Mahoney, Member, Simpson United Methodist Church, Arvada, CO


Charmaine Robledo
Director of Communications
Mountain Sky Area of The United Methodist Church
Office: 303-325-7054
Cell: 303-910-8268