Violence

Annual Conferences
The Rev. Andrew C. Kjorlaug, an Arkansas Conference elder and U.S. Army chaplain, presents a resolution at the Arkansas Annual Conference that calls on the state’s congressional delegation to act on “Responsible Fire-Arm legislation.” In a year that has seen multiple mass shootings, Arkansas was among a number of United Methodist conferences urging elected leaders to do more to regulate guns. Screengrab courtesy of the Arkansas Conference via YouTube by UM News.

Conferences take action on gun violence

Even as United Methodist conferences deal with mounting church exits and disagreements over LGBTQ inclusion, they are bearing a shared witness on gun violence. And they are urging actions beyond thoughts and prayers.
Social Concerns
United Methodist Bishop Gabriel Yemba Unda urges the church to help seek the restoration of peace in Eastern Congo during a “peace caravan” in Tunda, Congo. As part of its 100-year celebration, the church organized a caravan of peace to reflect on the Social Principles and encourage peace in the region. Photo By Philippe Kituka Lolonga, UM News.

United Methodists organize peace caravan in the Congo

Participants laud the church’s acceptance of all people, regardless of tribal affiliation.
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The Rev. Sean C. Turner. Photo courtesy of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.

Don’t just stand there. Do something!

We wring our hands at the awfulness of shooting tragedies. We wait for politicians to lead meaningful change. But what does Christ call us to do?
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Nordic-Baltic Episcopal Area Bishop Christian Alsted, newly assigned bishop to the Ukraine and Moldova Provisional Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

A country at war

The newly assigned bishop of the Ukraine and Moldova Provisional Annual Conference traveled to the war-torn country to visit with local church leaders.

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