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Topic: Responding to Violence

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

Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, United Methodist News Service

United Methodists joined AME members in prayer following the deadly shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls.

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

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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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

Listening for God. A photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Ways to keep the faith when the world seems wicked

There's a reason the Bible is known as the 'Good News.' These practical tips can counteract the feeling of being overwhelmed by negative news. 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