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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

Sheri Tyler Kimble shares a hug with Sean Siple during the giving of peace. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

Becoming a Peacemaker: A Reflection

Martin Luther King Jr. stood for nonviolence. This meditation offers a prayer and a call for United Methodists to be peacemakers in the world too. View

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

Strength for Service to God and Community is a book of daily devotions for police officers, firefighters, healthcare workers and other first responders.

“Strength for Service” devotionals provide spiritual solace for first responders

United Methodist Men expressed their concern for those who responded to the Oregon campus shooting by rushing copies to the chaplain of the Roseburg Police Department. Read More

Participants at a Feb. 28, 2013 prayer vigil at Chardon United Methodist Church in Ohio found solace in sharing stories and concerns. Photo by John Eltzroth, Chardon United Methodist Church.

Worship Resources for Times of Crisis

Find liturgies, prayers, music and other resources to help your congregation through times of struggle and tragedy. Read More

Consoling one another. Photo by Andy Bernay-Roman, Flickr, Creative Commons License.

Dealing with Grief: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say

We often have no idea what to say in the face of senseless loss, especially when children are the victims of tragedy. Read More

Helping children cope with violence

Find concrete suggestions for how parents and congregations can help children deal with violent events they hear about in news. Read More

Why Do the Innocent Suffer?

In this excerpt from his book, Why? Making Sense of God's Will, Adam Hamilton addresses the question of why God allows suffering. 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