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Photo courtesy of Church of the Village

Members of Church of the Village, a multiethnic United Methodist congregation in Manhattan, join together after worship Nov. 30 in a show of solidarity with peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Mo. The church plans a prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. ET Dec. 11.

Photo by Matt Miofsky

People hold hands and pray during an August vigil near the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo.

Photo courtesy of the Rev. Matt Miofsky.

The Rev. F. Willis Johnson (left), pastor of Wellspring Church, a United Methodist congregation in Ferguson, Mo., and the Rev. Matt Miofsky, lead pastor of The Gathering, a multi-site United Methodist congregation in the St. Louis area, stand together near the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo.

Photo by Arthur McClanahan.

Remembrance heart for some of the children who died on December 14, 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Responding to Violence

On any given day, United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support.

Find resources for helping people cope with violent events, read news coverage and learn how individuals as well as ministries make a positive difference even in the most difficult of times.

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Newtown Shooting

On Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and killed 26 people, including 20 children and six adults. Newtown United Methodist Church, which is within walking distance of the elementary school, served as a respite center for Red Cross first responders and opened its sanctuary for prayer.

United Methodist Churches and groups across the country responded to the tragedy by offering support.



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