Terror in Las Vegas: How United Methodists Respond to Violence

October 02, 2017
In an act of domestic terrorism, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 during a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, as country singer Jason Aldean performed. From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Paddock killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 before turning the gun on himself. Media outlets report this is the one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. modern history.

Read news updates on the shooting:

Las Vegas shooting updates (The Los Angeles Times)

The Denver Post news feed on the Las Vegas shooting

From Bishop Karen Oliveto:

Prayers for all those who grieve this day because of loved ones lost in the Las Vegas shooting. We pray, too, for those wounded, who will bear physical and emotional scars from the shooting. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within us. Make us a people of peace, bearers of your love in this beautiful yet broken world.

From Bishop Bob Hoshibata: (Read the full letter on the Desert Southwest Conference website)

Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,

I call us together in the name and spirit of the love of Jesus Christ.

The sting of violent death and injury have touched our Conference directly. Once again, I ask you to join me in prayer and action. The shooting in Las Vegas has claimed lives and hundreds of innocent persons have suffered injury. In addition, evil violence such as this shatters the lives of family and friends and the whole community and calls us to courageous action and advocacy for justice and mercy.

After mass shooting, churchgoers offer help
By Heather Hahn
Oct. 2, 2017 | UMNS

Leaders of Desert Spring United Methodist Church in Las Vegas still were waiting Oct. 2 to know if any congregation members were among the city’s injured or dead.

But, even as they held their breath, church leaders were holding out a helping hand.

“We are making ourselves a partner to the greater community’s response,” said the Rev. David Devereaux, the congregation’s senior pastor. “We can provide housing; we can provide food; we can provide water; we can provide baby supplies.” Read more on UMC.org

Ways United Methodists can take a stand against gun violence
A UMC.org Feature by Joe Iovino

When we hear the tragic news of a shooting, United Methodists mourn with the victims and families of those wounded or killed. We turn to God in prayer, longing for a day when violence will cease.

In addition, many people consider what actions we could take to prevent something similar from happening in the future. So, what can we do? Read more on UMC.org

What shall we say? Responding to the shooting in Las Vegas.

Rev. Jeania Ree V. Moore | October 6, 2017

Many of us woke up Monday to the news that another mass shooting had occurred in the United States. The largest, in fact, in modern American history.

As the numbers of the dead and the wounded climbed throughout that day and into the next, many people responded, and discussed the proper way to respond. Read more on UMCJustice.org | Download this Gun Violence Pastoral Cheat Sheet