Theology and Education

Church History
Dr. David W. Scott. Photo © Hector Amador.

Autonomy, international division mark United Methodist tradition

The recent move by United Methodists in Bulgaria and Romania to leave the denomination is the latest in a history of separations within the Methodist tradition.
Theology and Education
The Rev. James Lawson takes part in a panel discussion during the launch of a research institute named in his honor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Lawson, pastor emeritus of Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, was expelled from Vanderbilt in 1960 for his involvement in civil rights protests. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Lawson Institute advances nonviolence work

The nonviolent activism strategies pioneered by the Rev. James Lawson will be bolstered by an institute at Vanderbilt University named in his honor. The United Methodist pastor will act as “spiritual adviser.”
Theology and Education
Theocracy Tasweranadzo, 10, raises his hand in class at Munyarari Primary School in Mutare, Zimbabwe. A former student at The United Methodist Church’s mission school has created a scholarship program for the three best students in each class. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Mission school alumnus gives students a boost

Now a prominent businessman, Isaiah Musabayana launched a scholarship program for students at two United Methodist mission schools he attended in the mid-1980s.
Faith Stories
DeLaris Johnson Risher receives applause during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Johnson Robinson House on the campus of the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Risher, 92, was one of the first Black women to attend what was then Scarritt College for Christian Workers 70 years ago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’

In 1952, two Black women quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee — two years before segregation in education was ruled unconstitutional. DeLaris Johnson Risher looks back on those days and her long career as an educator and deaconess.

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