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Topic: Responding to Violence

Candles flicker. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

On any given day, United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. Sometimes it can seem the world is full of evil and it can be a challenge to keep the faith. 

Below you will find resources for helping people cope with violent events; news coverage of how the church is working to respond with peace in a world of violence; and stories about how individuals as well as ministries can make a positive difference even in the most difficult of times.

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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

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