Topic: Responding to Violence

On any given day, United Methodists respond to tragedy by offering prayers and support. We recognize that sometimes it can seem the world is full of evil and it can be a challenge to keep the faith.

Below you will find resources for helping people cope with violent events; news coverage of how the church is working to respond with peace in a world of violence; and stories about how individuals as well as ministries can make a positive difference even in the most difficult of times.

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Social Concerns
United Methodist Women parade the streets in Marshall City, Liberia, to protest sexual violence against women and girls during the group’s 72nd annual session held Jan. 21-27, 2020. File photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Violence against women, girls in Africa spikes amid COVID-19

United Methodists speak up for abuse survivors and encourage others to do the same through various church campaigns and training.
Bishops
Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced the launch of a multi-level effort throughout the denomination to dismantle racism and promote collective action for racial justice. Western Pennsylvania Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi stands in front of an image of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn.  Photo by Jackie Campbell, Western Pennsylvania Conference.

Bishops pledge more effective anti-racism campaign

Bishops and other United Methodists supporting a new anti-racism campaign are determined to get solid results from their efforts.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Joel Q. Bengbeng (center), superintendent of the Ilocos South District in the Northwest Philippines, is among the United Methodist pastors from the Baguio Episcopal Area who say they have experienced harassment due to their social justice work. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Hinivuu Pecaat.

Filipino pastors fear for safety

Church leaders condemn attempts to intimidate pastors involved in social justice work.