To our beloved mountain community,

Sep 14, 2023 | Editorial, Opinion

We understand that a group known as Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is planning a protest on our mountain on Sept. 16-18 in response to the tragic shooting of Lauri Carleton in Cedar Glen. They also plan on protesting at some local churches and at Rim High School.

The undersigned Christian churches do not endorse or support this group’s tactics or their theology. We are praying for Lauri’s family and grieve over such violence. We want to express our love for people, our love for God and our desire to minister to the needs of our community.

We don’t believe WBC’s message accurately reflects biblical values of love, kindness, forgiveness and hope found in Jesus Christ our Lord. We believe the Gospel is GOOD NEWS about how we can experience salvation through God’s grace by faith in Jesus Christ.

We also don’t think it’s helpful to react to WBC’s protests, which may lead to confrontation and possibly bring about litigation.

Thank you for listening to our concerns. May God grant His peace to our mountain.


Church of the Woods, Lake Arrowhead

Calvary Chapel, Green Valley Lake

Jubilee Mountain Fellowship

Lake Arrowhead Community Presbyterian

Engage to Go Ministries

St. Richard of Chichester Episcopal Church, Skyforest

Mountain Hope Center, Running Springs

Sandals Church, Lake Arrowhead

Springs of Life, Running Springs

Woodlands Community Bible Church, Crestline

Calvary Chapel Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks Community Church

Mt Calvary Lutheran Church, Lake Arrowhead

Calvary Chapel of Running Springs

Crestline First Baptist

Lake Gregory Church, Crestline

Rim of the World Community Church, Running Springs


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