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Social Concerns
The Rev. Gregory Holston speaks during a May 31 demonstration at Philadelphia City Hall in honor of George Floyd. Holston, a United Methodist pastor and adviser to Philadelphia’s district attorney, stands beside a statue of slain voting rights activist Octavius Catto. Photo by Samaria Bailey, Philadelphia Tribune.

Moving beyond protests to stamp out racism

Amid protests and prayer vigils, United Methodists are joining the long-term struggle against oppression and toward reconciliation.
Social Concerns
Two women march with signs calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, during protests in Louisville, Kentucky, over the police killings of Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., and other African Americans. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot eight times in her bed when officers broke down her door to serve a search warrant. Photo by Cathy Bruce, courtesy of the Kentucky Conference.

United Methodists preach, protest and decry racism

Many United Methodists participated in protests in support of Black Lives Matter, calling for an end to police brutality and violence against people of color after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Anne Marie Hunter. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Hunter.

Faith community must support those experiencing abuse

Clergy must be ready, as some research shows domestic violence victims are five times more likely to seek the aid of clergy than any other professional.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Solomon Rogers speaks to a crowd gathered for a special handoff ceremony Jan. 15 in western Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event marks the end of a seven-year land dispute between The United Methodist Church’s Sierra Leone Conference and neighboring Masantigie community. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone church celebrates end of land dispute

Even as United Methodists and the Masantigie community signed a resolution, the Ministry of Lands issued a stern warning about keeping the peace.

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