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The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo serves as top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, the agency formed to hold the denomination accountable to its commitment to reject racism in the life of the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Asking the hard questions about race

A native of Puerto Rico, the Rev. Giovanni Arroyo knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority in America, and that experience informs the way he pursues his mission as The United Methodist Church’s point person on inclusion.
A guide using a raft made from inner tubes ferries people across the Suchiate River from Guatemala into Mexico near Ciudad Hidalgo. Migrants routinely cross the border into Mexico here, many of them hoping to eventually make their way to the United States. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Photo essay: Strangers and sojourners

As record numbers of migrants continue to cross Mexico’s southern border, the Methodist Church of Mexico is seeking new ways to be in ministry with immigrant families on the move. UM News accompanied church leaders and longtime partners as they sought ways to help. Mike DuBose reports.
Women look at a memorial for victims near the scene of a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York. After what officials quickly identified as a racist attack, United Methodists are responding with prayers, counseling and condemnations of hate. Photo by Brendan McDermid, Reuters.

Churches condemn hate, urge action after shootings

After what officials quickly identified as a white supremacist attack in Buffalo, New York, United Methodists are responding with prayers and calls to do the hard work of addressing racism. United Methodists also are responding to a mass shooting at a California church.

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