Violence

Violence
The Rev. Deborah Smith, senior pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, introduces Tennessee-Western Kentucky Bishop Bill McAlilly before his sermon at the Memphis congregation Jan. 29. The bishop chose “Love and Justice” as his topic, preaching to those grieving the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died after being beaten by police. Screengrab courtesy of Centenary United Methodist via Facebook by UM News.

Church leaders mourn Tyre Nichols, seek change

In the days since video was released showing police officers savagely beating Tyre Nichols, United Methodists have joined in grief and prayers for Nichols and his family. They also called for the recognition of Black people’s humanity.
Violence
After a wave of mass shootings from California to Iowa, United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence. Photo by Guernz11, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Church responds to days of mass shootings

From California to Louisiana to Iowa, United Methodists are responding with prayer, comfort for the grieving and renewed calls for advocacy against gun violence.
Disaster Relief
The church has been aiding refugees from Ukraine with multiple ministries. Graphic courtesy of The United Methodist Church in the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe.

United Methodists continue to support Ukrainians as war nears first anniversary

An ambulance, fully loaded with medical supplies, was recently provided to Ukraine by the church in the Czechia. Since Russia has been targeting the Ukrainian power grid, churches are also sending generators, batteries, lamps and reflective vests.
Disaster Relief
A mother receives food provided by The United Methodist Church in Beni, Congo. The aid was part of a $100,000 grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s International Disaster Response program to support internally displaced persons in Beni and Rutshuru in East Congo. Photo by Chadrack Tambwe Londe, UM News.

UMCOR assists displaced families in East Congo

Funds from the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s International Disaster Response program helped purchase food and other supplies for people in Beni who have fled attacks in outlying areas.

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