A Call to Prayer in the Wake of Deadly Church Shooting in Charleston, S.C.

As the news continues to unfold following last night’s deadly shooting at the 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., Christians and people of faith around the country and the world are offering up prayers of support, healing and hope.
Bishop Lowry invites the churches and people of the Central Texas Conference to offer up prayers of support and healing for the members of Emanuel AME Church . “First, foremost and always, let us all be a people who offer our pleas of hope and healing before God in trusting prayer. Today, we reach out in prayerful support to all the people of Charleston, especially those who lost loved ones, as well as those everywhere who are hurting under the weight of tragedy.”

Following are some resources (gleaned from a very quick search on umc.org and other UMC General Board and Commission websites) on how people of faith can best respond to tragedy.

Ways to keep the faith when the world seems wicked
Jesus Wept: Finding God’s comfort when times are bad  
Video: Becoming a Peacemaker: A Reflection
Guidelines for confronting a church shooter
Responding to World Events
Worship Resources on Terrorism and Violence
Talking to Children after tragedy
Helping children cope with violence
How to help children after a crisis
Excerpt from Why? Making Sense of God's Will by Adam Hamilton
Dealing with Grief: 5 Things You Shouldn't Say