Social Concerns

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan pick through debris piled up by the storm in Tacloban, Philippines, in 2013 while looking for their lost possessions. Young Methodists from around the globe are working together to fight global warming and have focused on equipping vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change with the resources they need to adapt to the changing world. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Young Methodists raising climate change awareness

Young Methodists have taken it upon themselves to educate as many people as possible about the danger of climate change and ways to combat it. The effort is called Climate Justice for All, or CJ4A.
Human Sexuality
Ms. Penny Cost is the drag persona of Isaac Simmons, the first openly queer man to be certified as a candidate for ordination within the Illinois Great Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church. Simmons serves as project and remote learning coordinator for Hope United Methodist Church in Bloomington, Ill. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Ministry candidate preaches in drag to ‘speak in a new way’

Isaac Simmons came upon the idea of merging drag and spirituality through the Russian philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin. "He thought the best way to enact systemic change was through joy and carnival … and drag is over the top and joyous."
Social Concerns
United Methodist Bishop LaTrelle Easterling helps conduct a denomination-wide online service of lament for racism while standing in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington on June 24, 2020. The anti-racism work of the church is just getting started after the first year of the Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others. File screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.

Anti-racism campaign marks one year

The anti-racism work of the church is just getting started after the first year of the Dismantling Racism campaign, say bishops and others.
Racism
Bishop Karen Oliveto. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Pastoring while Black

Backlash against homeless ministry in Denver shows hostility faced by pastors of color.

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