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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

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 recent safe church summit started an important dialogue. View

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

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

United Methodists in New York City remember acts of love that were a powerful response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Read More

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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

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

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

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

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

Mosquito nets are one way Imagine No Malaria is combating the diseases. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist Communications.

Defeating evil by doing good: United Methodists offer hope

News about terrorism may confound and scare us, but be assured there is also news of people of faith bringing harmony to the world. 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

Bishop Patrick Streiff statement on Paris terrorist attacks

Bishop Patrick Streiff of the Central and Southern Europe Conference of The United Methodist Church, issued a statement call on United Methodists to model peace in the wake of terrorist... Read More

Ecumenical staff officer of The United Methodist Church statement on Paris attacks

Statement in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks by the Rev. Stephen J. Sidorak Jr., ecumenical staff officer of The United Methodist Church. Read More

Bishop Warner Brown, Jr. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

Council of Bishops President: Statement on the Paris attacks

Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, issued a statement about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Read More

An Oct. 1 candlelight vigil in Roseburg, Oregon, memorializes those killed and injured during shootings earlier that day at Umpqua Community College. Photo by Cameron Schultz

Church responds to another mass shooting

Attacks at Oregon community college prompt grief, prayers, calls for study and action on gun violence. 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

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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

United Methodists led hundreds of students and residents in a July 3 protest march to register their indignation over a growing wave of incidents of rape in the Brewerville community of Liberia.

Concern grows over rape cases in Liberia

United Methodists use protest march to register indignation and call for government action to remove threat of rape. Read More

The Charleston tragedy: How should we respond?

Rev. F. Willis Johnson says that a 21-year-old could be so bigoted in beliefs and diabolical in actions leaves the most devout bewildered. But “the only thing that will conquer... 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

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

Image of hands reflecting diversity and union. Photo by Jessica Brodie, courtesy of the South Carolina Advocate.

‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing

South Carolina United Methodists are watching new movie and holding prayerful discussions. ‘Just get together and talk, because that’s where the healing takes place.’ Read More

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell (right) stands with the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr. (left) and Virgil Wood on the roof of a Boston public school in 1965. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell.

Movie ‘Selma’ sparks reflections on church, racism

The movie "Selma" offers United Methodists a chance to reflect on what the church can learn from its own history and the movie about the Civil Rights march. Read More