Racism

Violence
The Rev. Deborah Smith, senior pastor of Centenary United Methodist Church, introduces Tennessee-Western Kentucky Bishop Bill McAlilly before his sermon at the Memphis congregation Jan. 29. The bishop chose “Love and Justice” as his topic, preaching to those grieving the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died after being beaten by police. Screengrab courtesy of Centenary United Methodist via Facebook by UM News.

Church leaders mourn Tyre Nichols, seek change

In the days since video was released showing police officers savagely beating Tyre Nichols, United Methodists have joined in grief and prayers for Nichols and his family. They also called for the recognition of Black people’s humanity.
Human Rights
The Rev. Reginald E. Lee. Photo courtesy of the South Carolina Conference.

A birthday letter to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In an annual letter to the civil rights icon, the Rev. Reggie Lee celebrates victories by Black candidates for both U.S. Senate and the episcopacy of The United Methodist Church as signs of King’s dream coming to fruition.
Church History
Abolitionists worked to end slavery in the 19th century in the Americas and Western Europe. A new book by the Rev. James Richardson, “The Abolitionist’s Journal,” chronicles his great-great-grandfather’s work as a Methodist clergyman and antislavery advocate. Shown here is the official medallion of the British Anti-Slavery Society, produced as a jasper-ware cameo by Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) at the Wedgewood factory. Image courtesy of the British Anti-Slavery Society, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

A generational passion for justice

A book by an Episcopal priest explores the life of his great-great-grandfather, a Methodist clergyman and abolitionist.
Church Leadership
A Duke University study on salary disparities between Black and white United Methodist pastors in North and South Carolina shows that Black pastors make substantially less than their white counterparts. Researchers have offered strategies to close the gap. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Striving for equity in pastor salaries

A Duke University study on salary disparities between Black and white United Methodist pastors in North and South Carolina shows that Black pastors make substantially less than their white counterparts, and the researchers offer up some strategies to close the gap.

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