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The Rev. Deborah Smith, senior pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, introduces Tennessee-Western Kentucky Bishop Bill McAlilly before his sermon at the Memphis congregation Jan. 29. The bishop chose “Love and Justice” as his topic, preaching to those grieving the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died after being beaten by police. Screengrab courtesy of Centenary United Methodist via Facebook by UM News.

Church leaders mourn Tyre Nichols, seek change

In the days since video was released showing police officers savagely beating Tyre Nichols, United Methodists have joined in grief and prayers for Nichols and his family. They also called for the recognition of Black people’s humanity.
Violence
After a wave of mass shootings from California to Iowa, United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence. Photo by Guernz11, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church responds to days of mass shootings

From California to Louisiana to Iowa, United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence.
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Black Methodists for a Better Future, a group of Black United Methodist pastors, is promoting a national day of prayer and fasting on Feb. 1 to ask God’s help with the problems of gun violence and systemic racism. Photo by Tep Ro, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Black pastors group calls for day of prayer

A national day of prayer and fasting on Feb. 1 has been declared by the Rev. Dennis Blackwell and the group Black Methodists for a Better Future to ask for God’s help curbing gun, domestic and economic violence as well as systemic racism.
Violence
United Methodists pray for peace in eastern Congo during a national day of prayer service in Goma, Congo, in 2022. Church leaders are calling for efforts to restore peace in North Kivu and Ituri after a Jan. 15 attack on a Pentecostal church killed 17 and injured 20. File photo by Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists seek peace after church bombing

The attack on a Pentecostal church in Congo, which killed 17, happened near where more than 180 United Methodists were attending worship.

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