By Billie K. Fidlin, Director of Outreach & Justice
October 18, 2018: first responders arrive at the Huachuca United Methodist Church in Huachuca City. The majority of the church is destroyed by a massive fire. Investigators determine the cause is arson. Later that month a second fire occurs; a brush fire near the church. November 27, 2018: a third fire. Debris catches fire in the chapel and fellowship hall – the two areas spared in the October fire.
This Annual Conference offering will help our church in Huachuca City rebuild its space on holy ground. A place to share God’s word, our faith in action. A place for the church to be the church. Perhaps a place to reach out to troubled youth who need to hear about God’s love so very, very much.
Your generosity will go for so much more than bricks and mortar, hymnals and candles. The offering will help our family, our United Methodist family, to be at peace, to know the support of the connectional system, to rise from the ashes.
Church Fires (in general)
- Approximately 51% of church fires in the past 20 years have been caused by arson
- Church Mutual offers “Fire Safety At Your Worship Center” which is part of their “The Protection Series”
- Reasons for church arson include: churches are a soft target – empty so much of the time; racial hatred; a means to anonymously register dissent or anti-religious sentiments
- Church Mutual Coverage for Houses of Worship: https://www.churchmutual.com/60/Property-and-Casualty-Coverages-for-Houses-of-Worship
Source: Wikipedia, Church Mutual