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After mass shooting in Las Vegas, churchgoers offer help

United Methodists are offering prayers, giving blood and preparing to respond to the long-term trauma of what’s being called the worst mass shooting in the U.S. Read More

Photo by Kathleen Barry,  illustration by Cindy Caldwell; United Methodist Communications.

Ways United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence

The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church calls us to work for what we pray for: a world free from mass killings. Read More

United Methodists were among demonstrators from 14 states who joined in the anti-racism protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The march turned deadly when a car rammed through a group protesters who were there to counter the Aug. 12 march by white nationalists fighting the moving of a Confederate statue. Photo by Richard Lord, UMNS.

Church shelters protesters amid deadly turmoil

First United Methodist Church provides safe space for anti-racism protesters after turmoil around a white nationalist rally turns deadly. Read More

United Methodist Bishop Ciriaco Francisco speaks at a demonstration on the day of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation address on July 24 in Manila. Both Francisco and retired Bishop Solito K. Toquero denounced the extension of martial law in Mindanao. Photo by Sonny G. Dela Pena.

United Methodists decry Mindanao martial law

United Methodists condemned the extension of martial law in Mindanao, joining in demonstrations and other protests. Read More

Two former enemies embrace in Vasconcellos’ sculpture Reconciliation. Photo by Martinvl, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Living as a person of peace in a broken world

Conflicts reported in the news and felt in daily life are disruptive. A United Methodist expert has tips for finding and sharing peace. Read More

Chris Schwind, left, and her husband, the Rev. Tim Woycik, stand outside the office of Republican Rep. John Moolenaar of Michigan. The United Methodist couple drove 600 miles to Washington, D.C., to share the story of their daughter’s murder as part of a summit on gun violence sponsored by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence and Americans for Responsible Solutions. Photo by Erik Alsgaard, UMNS.

United Methodists share story of daughter’s murder

A United Methodist couple took part in a national summit on gun violence and shared the story of their daughter’s life and murder. Read More

The United Methodist Book of Discipline serves as a guide for members and churches. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Ways United Methodists can talk together about war and peace

Violence and military action raise questions for many United Methodists. Talking together about difficult issues can help us hear God speaking to us. 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

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

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

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

A mother and daughter pray. Photo by bigbirdz, Flickr.com.

How to help children after a crisis

Acknowledge children's fears and use these tips to help them to cope in a world that is often very unpredictable and scary. Read More

Reflections on Gun Violence from Micah 4:1-4. Courtesy of The United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Kingdom Dreams, Violent Realities: Reflections on Gun Violence

This three-session Bible study from Church and Society focuses on the use of guns in committing violence, using Micah 4:1-4 as a scriptual foundation. 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

A statue of “Weeping Jesus” is found near the memorial site in Oklahoma City where 168 perished in the 1995 terrorist bombing. Photo by Ronny Perry, UMNS

‘Jesus wept’: Finding God’s comfort when times are bad

Writer reflects, 'Though only 10 characters, too short to tweet, that verse has tremendous significance, when we are struggling to find hope.' Read More