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Response to Recent Violence

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On July 14, when the French should have been joyously celebrating La fête Nationale (or Bastille Day), they found themselves mourning dozens who lost their lives or were injured in the brutal attack in Nice. Just one day later, violence erupted in Turkey during an attempted coup, leaving hundreds dead and thousands uncertain about their country’s future. And on Sunday, more violence ensued in the U.S. city of Baton Rouge as police officers were targeted in yet another shooting. The World Methodist Council (WMC) condemns all forms of violence and joins the French, Turks, United States, and all people of goodwill to pray for

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World Methodist Council Responds to Dallas Shooting

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The news of last Friday’s attack at a peaceful prayer rally in Dallas, Texas, has saddened and shaken the world. In a statement yesterday, General Secretary Ivan Abrahams said, “As I depart South Africa to return to the United States today, I am deeply saddened by the news of yet another violent attack in the heart of the U.S. Our prayers are with the people and law enforcers in Dallas, Texas. I urge the Methodist/Wesleyan community to pray with fervor for this ‘violent storm’ to end. Violence has become part of our global landscape, and violence by firearm and weapons

People pray on Orange Ave. in Orlando, near the Pulse night club.
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Statment on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting

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Our heartfelt prayers go out to the family and friends of those killed and injured by the senseless act of violence on innocent people at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning. This massacre was a cowardly attack on the rights and freedom of all peace-loving people. The World Methodist Council condemns all acts of violence, hatred and bigotry, and affirms the dignity of all persons irrespective of race, religion, or sexual orientation. We pray for God’s peace to touch the lives of all those affected, and we continue to hope for a day when that peace extends to the