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The base of a statue of George Washington in Union Square Park, New York City, became a place where expressions of love were shared in chalk in the days following 9/11. Photo courtesy Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

Responding to hate: 9/11 and the power of love

Each year, the date 9/11 brings back strong feelings. United Methodists in New York remember how acts of love were a powerful response to the terrorist attacks of 2001. Read More

Lit candles form the shape of a cross inside of a heart. Photo by Wingchi Poon, courtesy Flickr.

Let peace begin with me: United Methodist and Muslim relations

When a Muslim and a Christian congregation shared space, pastor says the experience taught them to see each other as 'plain, peaceful people.' Read More

Pastor: ‘In the midst of evil, there was peace’

The Rev. John Schlicher, an Ohio pastor, describes his family’s experiences during the attack at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Read More

Pam Simon holds the bullet that wounded her in the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shooting near Tucson, Arizona. Simon, a United Methodist, has become a strong advocate for background checks and other gun violence prevention measures. Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS.

Survivor keeps faith by taking on gun violence

Pam Simon, a United Methodist, was shot with her boss, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, and now joins her in advocacy. Read More

North Carolina Bishop Paul L. Leeland calls for residents to become partners and peacemakers after a deadly police shooting recently in Charlotte, NC. Photo by the Rev. Anita Mays.

North Carolina bishop calls for “partners and peacemakers”

"It is my prayer we might behave in such a way as to embrace Jesus’ teaching 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.’” Read More

Map indicates location of Davao City in the Philippines. Image courtesy of United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

United Methodists respond after Philippines bombing

Explosion on Sept. 2 killed 14, injured dozens, and shook Cathedral United Methodist Church in Davao City. “We would like to help families of victims as well as the vendors.” Read More

When a United Methodist looks at the Bible, how many books are there?

When it feels things are shifting, stand firm with Scripture

As headlines shake us, the Rev. Stephen Bauman says remember “the recurring human discovery that God is. Behind all things lays a fundamental order.” Read More

A time to save lives and do justice

United Methodist pastor writes, “We must focus on those most vulnerable and ask why their presence conjures up so much fear and violence.” Read More

Pastors led a July 7 prayer vigil after Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, La. Photo courtesy of Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Louisiana United Methodists join in prayer after shooting

Pastors led prayer vigil after Alton Sterling was killed by police. “We offered a witness...that the church cares about injustice,” said the Rev. Susie Thomas. Read More

Bishop Mike Coyner. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Another Day, Another Shooting

"We must not be apathetic. We must not get used to all of this violence. We must be peace-makers, especially in our faith communities," writes Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner. Read More

Thomas Kemper, second from left, top executive, United Methodist Global Ministries, was among the church leaders celebrating the commissioning of new missionaries May 19 at General Conference 2016 in Portland, Ore. He was in the Istanbul airport during the recent attack. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodist mission executive safe after Istanbul attack

Thomas Kemper (second from left) hid in an airport lounge as the attack unfolded. He says the incident “calls us to fight hate and terror everywhere.” Read More

United Methodists are united in prayer following the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Florida bishop responds to massacre

In wake of deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, Bishop Carter urges United Methodists to bring message of healing to all people. Read More

Norma Capuyan and Monico Cayon, indigenous leaders from the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines, answer questions in the news area at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Indigenous Filipinos bring pleas for justice

A small group of Lumads will address General Conference on May 16 about the discrimination and violence they face in the Philippines. Read More

Easter lily. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Resurrection celebrated in town terrorists attacked

United Methodist bishop in Côte d’Ivoire holds Easter service in town that was site of deadly terrorist attack. Read More

Bishop Samuel Azariah, second from left, the moderator of the Church of Pakistan, was host of a conference in Lahore earlier in March on interreligious cooperation. Azariah asked for prayers for peace and “wisdom” from political and religious leaders after the Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Pakistan. Photo courtesy of the World Council of Churches

Easter attack on Pakistan’s Christians

Church of Pakistan leaders pray for an end to religious extremism after terrorist attack on a large number of Christians and those of other faiths at Lahore park. Read More

People gather at a memorial in Brussels for those killed and injured in Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Photo by Miguel Discart, Wikimedia Commons

After Brussels attack, ‘missioning with fear’

Global Mission Fellow in Brussels and religious leaders reflect on fear that terrorism inflicts, but also on God’s hope for peace. Read More

United Methodist leaders call for prayer after Brussels attacks.

United Methodists in Brussels safe after attacks

Two United Methodist leaders and a mission team from the East Ohio Conference were among the thousands at the Brussels airport March 22. Read More

Following tragedy like the shootings in San Bernadino, Calif., United Methodists believe we are called to both pray and act for peace. Photos by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

A Wesleyan response to mass shootings

As many Americans debate whether to pray or act after the San Bernardino shooting, United Methodists say the Christian call is to do both. Read More

Mosquito nets are one way Imagine No Malaria is combating the diseases. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Defeating evil by doing good: United Methodists offer hope

News about terrorism may confound and scare us, but be assured there is also news of people of faith bringing harmony to the world. Read More

Candles and flowers were placed outside the Le Carillon café in tribute to those killed in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks. At least 129 people died in various locations and more than 350 were injured.  Photo by John Seigenthaler, Aljazeera America

Shock, solidarity after Paris attacks

United Methodists, other faith leaders express outrage, support and a call to be peacemakers after coordinated terrorist attacks strike fear in Paris. Read More

Bishop Patrick Streiff statement on Paris terrorist attacks

Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central and Southern Europe Conference of The United Methodist Church, issued a statement call on United Methodists to model peace in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris. Read More

Ecumenical staff officer of The United Methodist Church statement on Paris attacks

Statement in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks by the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., ecumenical staff officer of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, issued a statement about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Read More

An Oct. 1 candlelight vigil in Roseburg, Oregon, memorializes those killed and injured during shootings earlier that day at Umpqua Community College. Photo by Cameron Schultz

Church responds to another mass shooting

Attacks at Oregon community college prompt grief, prayers, calls for study and action on gun violence. Read More

Mike Richards, a street pastor, invites people to kneel to pray and bless Charleston, S.C. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, United Methodist News Service.

God is with us: A response to South Carolina church shooting

In the midst of tragic shooting at Emanuel AME Church, we remember God's presence and our call to be agents of healing to a broken world. Read More

Close up of an American flag; an image from FEMA Photo Library. Public domain. Courtesy of Bill Koplitz, Wikimedia Commons. Cropped by UMC.org.

Funeral for slain marine to be held at United Methodist church

Services for Sgt. David Wyatt, one of four Marines who died in a July 16 attack on Chattanooga military facilities, will be held at Hixson United Methodist Church. Read More

A picture from the Facebook page of Hixson United Methodist Church in response to shooting deaths of military personnel in Chattanooga. Photo courtesy of Hixson United Methodist.

Chattanooga churches respond to shooting

The 887 congregations in the Holston Conference opened their doors for prayer in response to the shooting deaths of military personnel on July 16, 2015. See words of support from their blog. Read More

United Methodists led hundreds of students and residents in a July 3 protest march to register their indignation over a growing wave of incidents of rape in the Brewerville community of Liberia.

Concern grows over rape cases in Liberia

United Methodists use protest march to register indignation and call for government action to remove threat of rape. Read More

The Charleston tragedy: How should we respond?

Rev. F. Willis Johnson says that a 21-year-old could be so bigoted in beliefs and diabolical in actions leaves the most devout bewildered. But “the only thing that will conquer hate is our deciding to love.” Read More

Robert Griggs (center) prays with others outside Morris Brown African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. United Methodists joined AME members in prayer following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls

United Methodists stand with AME after church shooting

‘It’s important to stand with this congregation and with people of faith,’ says South Carolina pastor. Read More

Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

United Methodist Bishops reach out after Charleston shooting

After a tragic shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., the Council of Bishops is reaching out to the bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read More

Image of hands reflecting diversity and union. Photo by Jessica Brodie, courtesy of the South Carolina Advocate.

‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing

South Carolina United Methodists are watching new movie and holding prayerful discussions. ‘Just get together and talk, because that’s where the healing takes place.’ Read More

Image courtesy of the Rev. Fred A. Allen

Commentary: How is the church doing with injustice?

United Methodists must once again reclaim the denomination’s rich tradition of holiness and social activism. Read More

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 courtesy of Church of the Village

After grand jury rulings, what is the church’s witness?

United Methodists find ways to work toward racial justice and bridge the gap between police and communities. Read More

The Rev. F. Willis Johnson speaks at Howard University in Washington in an economic class where students did a case study on Ferguson. Photo courtesy of Akyiah Phillips.

All lives matter — A lesson from Hebrew midwives

Ferguson pastor shares what two lesser-known heroes of Exodus can teach today in responding to two grand juries' decisions. Read More

March 2013 file photo of the Rev. Cedric Bridgeforth, by Maidstone Mulenga.

A Response from Ferguson: Justice. Postponed.

Leader of Black Methodists for Church Renewal shares 'actions you can take now, wherever you are and whatever your feelings about the inaction and decisions in Ferguson are.' Read More

Members of the university community kneel in prayer during a service at Landis Green at Florida State University in Tallahassee following a shooting in the school's library. Photo by Alvaro Gabaldon, Florida State University

Campus ministry offers support, prayers after FSU shootings

United Methodist students at University of Florida express ‘solidarity’ with FSU Wesley Foundation after shootings. Read More

Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig was executed by the Islamic State group, but his parents want people to remember his dedication to assisting Syrians suffering during the civil war. Photo courtesy of Kassig family.

Kassig family remembers hostage son’s desire to help

United Methodist couple is “heartbroken” after son’s murder by Islamic State group, but salute his efforts to ease suffering of Syrian people. Read More

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

Grand jury decision will call for ‘courageous compassion’

A United Methodist clergyman writes about the wait for a grand jury decision on the police shooting of an 18-year-old teenager. Read More

A memorial rests on the site of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Johnson runs to the site and says a prayer most Sundays mornings. Photo by F. Willis Johnson

Working for redemption in Ferguson

United Methodist leaders warn after a much-publicized police shooting that building trust across the racial divide takes time, but churches can help. Read More

Vigil near where Michael Brown was killed. Photo by the Rev. Matt Miofsky.

Church leaders strive to be peacemakers in Ferguson

United Methodists respond in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed teenager. Read More

Seeing God’s presence in a week of tragedy

In an unprecedented time of challenges, many see God's love in multiple ways. Read what they say and share what you have seen. Read More

Messages of caring and hope for Boston

Bishop and United Methodists around the globe testify to seeing God in action after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Read More

Church offers help in wake of tragedy

We can never know why tragedy occurs, but The United Methodist Church offers resources to help those seeking consolation. Read More

Devotionals for Newtown first responders

United Methodist Men to present Strength for Service to God and Community, a new manual designed specifically for first responders. Read More

Faith leaders join call to end gun violence

Bells toll Dec. 21 for Newtown, Conn., shooting victims as religious leaders call for swift action to stop future tragedies. Read More

Newtown pastor sees pain as path to healing

The Rev. Mel Kawakami reflects on the hurt in his community as he shepherds his flock through anguish of school shootings. Read More

Grief transcends faith boundaries in Newtown

Religious community of Connecticut area comes together with governor and President to lead the healing process after horror of shootings. Read More

A Sunday of tears and comfort in Newtown

After the horrors of school shooting, nothing seems right until a congregation comes together to ask, Read More

Church serves as help site in shooting wake

Newtown United Methodist, near the scene of Friday's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, is serving as a Red Cross respite center. Read More