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“You did it for me”: Serving others in times of tragedy

As we search for hope, comfort, and answers after tragic shootings or natural disasters, a story from Jesus offers guidance for United Methodists to reach out in love. Read More

East Congo Area Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda visits the Mamma Lynn Center in January in Kindu, the capital of the Maniema province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The center, a project of The California-Pacific, Memphis and Tennessee conferences in cooperation with The United Methodist Church in the Congo, will give rape survivors a chance to heal and overcome the stigma that makes them outcasts. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

United Methodists condemn sexual violence in DRC

In southern Maniema province, 5,000 cases of sexual violence were recorded in 2017 and most of the victims are girls ages 14 to 17, according to a report. Read More

Church leaders attend the Safe Church Summit at Cathedral of the Rockies. Image by United Methodist Communications.

Keeping Churches Safe and Welcoming

What is your church's policy on guns in church? How do you keep children safe? A safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lined bleachers at a March for Our Lives rally held in Parkland, Fla., March 24. Adults have the power to change gun laws if they get out and vote, students emphasized. “Policy change is not as difficult as losing a loved one,” one student said. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Marching in the shadow of death in Parkland

Parkland, Florida, has become ground zero for gun control activism after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14. Read More

Hannah Beamish, an 11th grader from Rochester, New York, came to the lock-in at National United Methodist Church in Washington, March 23 with her youth group. As thousands of people streamed into the nation’s capital for a rally to end gun violence in schools, several United Methodist churches in and around Washington opened their doors to offer youth groups and their leaders a place to stay, eat, sleep and prepare for the rally. Photo by Erik Alsgaard.

Churches offer lodging for youth marchers

United Methodist churches in Washington fed and housed youth groups who came for the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence. Read More

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling, the episcopal leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference (center), along with other members from Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, stand in front of the United Methodist Building before the rally. Photo by Sheila George.

Marchers call for new gun laws

Marchers in 800 cities joined a group of students from a school where a gunman killed 17 people in saying “enough is enough” when it comes to gun violence. Read More

The sign at the United Methodist Building in Washington, where the Board of Church and Society’s offices are, was changed after the mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

Pastors, churches respond to Florida massacre

As pastors and churches near a mass school shooting respond, one church leader says United Methodists must do more than pray about gun violence. Read More

Women of Office United Methodist Church in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, welcome visitors to the church which offers ministries to women affected by their country's 20 years of war. File photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Conferences near goal for Congo rape survivors’ center

Three United Methodist conferences are collaborating with the East Congo Conference to build the Mama Lynn Center. Read More

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan (left), gives a set of pajama to an injured soldier during a two-day relief effort in June by Filipino United Methodists for wounded military and people displaced by violent conflicts in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Capt. Eduardo Copliting.

Church helped ease the pain in Filipino siege

Church assisted Filipinos caught in the battle between government forces and Islamic State militants on the island of Mindanao. Read More

Darlene Marquez-Caramanzana, a United Methodist deaconess, speaks during the International Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Quezon City, Philippines. The National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Association of Women in Theology sponsored the observance. Photo by Jonathan Sta. Rosa.

Deaconesses observe anti-violence against women day

United Methodist deaconesses in the Philippines took part in an ecumenical gathering calling for an end to violence against women. Read More

Mark R. Mitchell, lay leader of Flores United Methodist Church and the Las Misiones District of the Rio Texas Conference, has organized local professionals to offer free help to families affected by the Nov. 5, 2017, massacre at nearby First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photo courtesy Mark R. Mitchell.

A United Methodist balm for Sutherland Springs

Churches reach out in various ways to Texas Baptist church after mass shooting. Read More

Pastors become chaplains after church massacre

United Methodist clergy offer counsel and organize special services after 26 are killed at small-town Texas Baptist church. Read More

The Rev. Jackson Henry, member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, joined several hundred others in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to protest a white-supremacist rally that was planned but later canceled Oct. 28. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Praying, singing as white supremacists rally

As the same hate groups that descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, came to Tennessee, United Methodists bore witness to a different message. Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

A photo taken following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York shows a memorial on the street. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rodia, United Methodist Communications.

United Methodists Recall 9/11 in New York

15 years later, New Yorkers remember how their home churches stepped up to feed and care for neighbors following the 2001 terrorist attacks. View

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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

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

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