Baltimore churches, leaders respond to death of Freddie Gray

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The Rev. Jessica Rooks, pastor at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch, Co., speaks during a candlelight vigil following the school shooting on May 7. Photo by Ken Fong, St. Luke's United Methodist Church.

United Methodist churches offer aid after shootings

Two United Methodist churches located close to the STEM School Highlands Ranch opened their doors to grieving community.
Mission and Ministry
Bibiche Ohanga, right, learns to sew at the Mama Lynn Center, a United Methodist sanctuary for sexual violence survivors in Kindu, Congo. Ohanga received a scholarship from The United Methodist Church to attend the Higher Institute of Nursing Sciences in Kindu. Photo by Judith Osongo Yanga, UMNS.

Church provides scholarships for rape survivors

Through the Congo Women Arise partnership, East Congo Episcopal Area empowers young women and girls by helping them continue their education.
Violence
Clellandley Bueno, a student from Wesleyan University-Philippines, performs a dance during a Lenten event in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. The gathering was hosted by John Wesley Academy and Critical Thinking Center to decry the killings of 14 farmers in the Negros Oriental province. Photo by Gladys Mangiduoys, UMNS.

United Methodists decry killings of farmers

United Methodists join other human rights groups in condemning the killings of 14 farmers.