Human Rights

Social Concerns
The Rev. H. Jumane Weekie, Sr., pastor of the St. Mark Lutheran Church in Gbarnga, Liberia, attends The United Methodist Church’s training on drug abuse and its effects in the community. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Liberian pastors preach about drug abuse

United Methodist campaign focuses on helping parents and youth in communities hard hit by addiction.
Social Concerns
Abdul Conteh (left) and Foday Kamara work for an artisanal diamond miner in Kono, Sierra Leone. Moving large piles of dirt from one location to the next is backbreaking work that pays $2 a day. Artisanal miners are independent and not associated with the large mining companies in the area. Photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UM News.

Diamond mining often robs children of education

In the diamond-rich Kono District in Sierra Leone, young people are often lured into mining rather than going to school. One United Methodist girl says her generation is changing that story.
Social Concerns
Derian Wilson, a member of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga., protests against racism regularly in that city. Wilson (at top in yellow shirt) and fellow activists during one of the three or four protests he leads each week. Photo courtesy of Derian Wilson.

Churches, individuals working for racial progress

United Methodist churches are seizing the initiative to make progress on racial issues in the wake of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
Human Rights
Miguel A. De La Torre (left) and the Rev. Traci C. West (right) join moderator Erin Hawkins during the latest online United Methodist panel discussion about racism. Screenshot from video by UM News.

Panel: Racial and sexual parity linked

A new online forum about racism focuses on intersectionality, or how nobody can truly be free until all are free.

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