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Participants at a Feb. 28, 2013 prayer vigil at Chardon United Methodist Church in Ohio found solace in sharing stories and concerns. Photo by John Eltzroth, Chardon United Methodist Church.

Worship Resources for Times of Crisis

Find liturgies, prayers, music and other resources to help your congregation through times of struggle and tragedy. Read More

Consoling one another. Photo by Andy Bernay-Roman, Flickr, Creative Commons License.

Dealing with Grief: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say

We often have no idea what to say in the face of senseless loss, especially when children are the victims of tragedy. Read More

What the Church Says: Violence

The official statements below are from The Book of Resolutions and The Book of Discipline. Statements and resolutions from these books are submitted to, and voted on by delegates, at General Conference, which occurs every four years. General Conference sets policy for the mission and ministry of the church and... 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

Helping children cope with violence

Find concrete suggestions for how parents and congregations can help children deal with violent events they hear about in news. Read More

‘A riot is the language of the unheard.’

In response to unrest in Baltimore, Bishop Peggy Johnson says we must improve relations between communities and police, listen to each other and wage a "vigilant peace in our cities." Read More

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (right) shakes hands with United Methodist Bishop Marcus Matthews (left) while Jim Williams looks on. Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke at the 2015 Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Photo by Tony Richards, courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Baltimore mayor thanks United Methodists

During the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked the church for its leadership following riots over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Read More

Stronger Baltimore logo from Rethink Church campaign for Baltimore, Maryland, courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Volunteer to help Baltimore ‘be stronger’

In the wake of violence and unrest in Baltimore, Rethink Church is transforming five churches into community centers and providing camp for children. Can you help? Read More

The Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi, left, superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District, speaks with the Rev. Cordell Hunter, Presiding Elder of the Eastern District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, at Bethel AME in Baltimore. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, courtesy the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

United Methodists respond to Baltimore riots

Baltimore clergy joined together, putting themselves between bottle-throwing demonstrators and police officers with pepper spray, in a march for peace. “You pray and you march on.” Read More

Talking with children about Nepal, Baltimore, and violence

Find resources for helping your children respond to violent events through prayer and action. Read More

The Rev. Kevin Slayton, left, prays outside New Waverly United Methodist Church after death of Freddie Gray. Photo by Melissa Lauber, courtesy of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.

Baltimore churches, leaders respond to death of Freddie Gray

Churches in Baltimore-Washington Conference observe a moment of prayer for Freddie Gray, a young black man who died after being in police custody. 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

Illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

Groups to bishops: You must speak

Groups from across the theological spectrum urge the Council of Bishops to address issues including Ferguson, immigration, Gaza and sexuality. Read More

Commentary on the death of Michael Brown

Bishop Minerva Carcano says African American young people in the U.S. need our caring attention, and that we must have ‘deep conversations’ about racism in our communities. Read More

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