Topic: Responding to Violence

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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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Ecumenism
Participants pray during a service for peace and reunification between South and North Korea at St. Stephan Church in Karlsruhe, Germany, as part of the World Council of Churches' 11th Assembly. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

World Council of Churches works for just peace

On the final day of the 11th General Assembly, delegates adopted numerous documents, including statements on peace.
Violence
The Rev. Dr. Tori Butler (right) speaks with the Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase, former Metro Transit police officer in Washington and current pastor of Goshen United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Md., about practical ways clergy can maintain their safety. Screengrab from ZOOM via YouTube by UM News.

‘You can holler for your safety because you matter’

The Rev. Tori Dr. Butler interviews the Rev. Dr. Jalene Chase about how clergy can ensure their own safety in challenging situations.
Violence
Christina Ray Stanton. Photo courtesy of the author.

9/11 attacks sparked life change for eyewitness

Innocence was lost, but writer translated the trauma of the moment into new goals and dreams of helping others.