“I call upon the followers of Jesus to speak for those whose voices are silenced, and to speak for our children and grandchildren. What if, across Florida and even our connection, we were able to collect and send 5000 letters?”

-  Bishop Ken Carter, Florida Annual Conference



5000 Letters is a campaign by United Methodists in the Florida Annual Conference to contact state and federal government officials, urging them to seek legislation that will curb gun violence in this country. Join us in following Bishop Ken Carter’s call to speak for those whose voices have been silenced, for the sake of our children and their future. 

Parents wait for news after reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should the letters say?
  • To whom should the letters be written?
  • Is this a website where we can debate the issue?
  • What about the separation of church and state?
  • How can my church or I report how many letters have been submitted?
  • How can I learn more about the issue of gun violence, from a United Methodist perspective?



Creative Ideas.

Small GRoups

Encourage small groups to write letters together, using some of their small group time to discuss the issues and pray over the letters.


Other Congregations

Partner with other area United Methodist congregations in hosting a prayer vigil for the victims of gun violence, and make sample letters and addresses available at the event.


BLessing of the letters

Have a “Blessing of the Letters” event in worship, where a moment of silence is observed for the victims of gun violence, followed by a spoken blessing of the letters.

Youth Groups

Encourage your youth group to share a goal of writing seventeen letters, the same number as the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 


Social Media

Use the hashtag #5000Letters in personal and church-wide social media communications, to widen the reach of this project to people outside the church.