Violence

Social Concerns
People run at a protest as barricades burn during rainfall in Harare, Zimbabwe. United Methodists are calling for prayers for peace amid clashes between protesters and security force following a spike in fuel prices. Photo by Philimon Bulawayo, Reuters. Do not reuse. One time use.

Updated: Zimbabwe faces violence, record fuel prices

United Methodists are calling for prayers for peace after protests, sparked by soaring fuel prices, led to a government crackdown and blocked internet.
Social Concerns
Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan poses with the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist pastor in the Philippines, after Ordeniza was released from jail. The local pastor was among those arrested and detained for two and a half days after trying to rescue tribal children who were fleeing from a village that has been a target of military operations. Photo courtesy of Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan.

Filipino pastor arrested ‘rescuing’ Lumad children

Eighteen people, including the Rev. Eller Ordeniza, a United Methodist, were detained and charged with kidnapping and human trafficking by local police.
Local Church
The Rev. Josh Beaty, pastor of discipleship at Christ United Methodist Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was among many United Methodists who participated in the March for Our Lives rally held March 24 in Parkland, Fla. As mass shootings increase in the U.S., churches are considering how far they are willing to go to ensure security. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Churches balance safety and maintaining piety

In this era of mass shootings, pastors and other church officials are deciding how far they are willing to go to ensure security.
Mission and Ministry
Families gather at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines, to pay tribute to victims of drug-related violence during a memorial service on All Saints’ Day. Photo courtesy of Juliet Solis.

Filipinos call for justice at All Saints' Day gathering

United Methodists host ecumenical prayer event to remember victims of drug-related killings.

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