Racism

Social Concerns
An engraving from 1830 depicts the slave trade in the United States. The U.S. Capitol is visible in the background.  To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, a study guide and other resources have been prepared to help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy. Engraving from the Library of Congress.

Slavery anniversary leads to new discussions

To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, these resources can help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy.
Church Growth
Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi urges members and guests of Black Methodists for Church Renewal to "stay woke" during her sermon at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta. "Stay woke" is a call to be aware of racial and social justice issues and is closely associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

BMCR explores ‘reset’ from past to future

Speakers challenge The United Methodist Church’s African American caucus and church leaders to work to become more relevant to younger members.
Immigration
Maria Chavalan Sut is living at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., to avoid being deported to Guatemala. Photo by Richard Lord, UMNS.

Prayer at Virginia legislature written by woman in sanctuary

Guatemalan woman takes refuge in Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Social Concerns
Ron Blanton plays the Rev. Charles Moore in a re-enactment segment of the new documentary “Man on Fire.” Moore, a retired United Methodist elder, set himself on fire in a suicidal protest of racism in 2014. Film image courtesy of “Man on Fire” film.

PBS film looks at pastor's fatal protest

The 2014 self-immolation of retired United Methodist clergyman Charles Moore, and its effect on his East Texas hometown, is the subject of "Man on Fire."

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