Charleston SC shooting

A walkway with curved walls and a fountain bearing the names of the slain are part of the plan for a memorial to the nine people killed by a gunman three years ago at "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C. Read more

In the World

A video plea from celebrities and citizens for an end to gun violence in America. Read more

Views from a Ridge

The Rev. Billy J. Cox encourages Christians to remain committed to a vision of hope amid the recent series of events. Read more


Rebuilding Community

United Methodist Insight Screencap

United Methodist Bishop Warner H. Brown Jr., president of the Council of Bishops, talks about how to rebuild community in both church and society after recent outbreaks of violence. Read more


Braden UMC

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United Methodist churches with predominantly black membership have responded in various ways to balance their safety with hospitality after the shooting deaths of nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Read more

Local Church

United Methodist churches have responded in various ways to the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. Read more

Local Church

Charleston Rev. Nelson

Photo by Matt Brodie, South Carolina Conference

The massacre at Emanuel AME Church and the burning of black churches should spur American Christianity to overcome its past affiliation with white supremacy, writes Dr. Phillip Wingeier-Rayo. Read more


Mississippi New Flag

Courtesy MFSA

The massacre at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, underscores the need for all people to speak out against racial prejudice, writes Dr. Scott Crawford. Read more


Bishop White Bloody Sunday

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

The Rev. Clayton Childers tells what it was like for a white Southerner to come to a new understanding of love and justice in today's world. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

The furor over removing the Confederate flag needs more soul-searching for internalized racism than simply taking down worn-out symbols, writes United Methodist Jon Copeland. Read more


Wreath Charleston

Photo courtesy of Billy Robinson

The level of international response to the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, surprises David W. Scott of UM & Globa. Read more

Global Nature

Billy Cox asks why 21-year-old gunman Dylann Roof allegedly shot and killed 9 worshipers at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC., on June 17. Read more


Locked Doors

Courtesy of Christy Thomas

The Rev. Christy Thomas takes a "big picture" look at the factors that help to create a culture in which "the other" is dehumanized to become a target for hatred. Read more

Christy Thomas

Morris Brown

Photo by Lekisa Coleman-Smalls, UMNS

United Methodists in Charleston, SC, and elsewhere hold prayer vigils and reach out in the aftermath of nine people were shot to death by a young, white gunman at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Read more

In the Church