Baltimore churches, leaders respond to death of Freddie Gray

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Kimberly Pitcher-Crago (left) and Ellen Hawes present a liturgical dance during a 2002 service of repentance by Foundry United Methodist Church at Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington. In the 19th century, racial discrimination at Foundry led to the formation of Asbury and later John Wesley AME Zion. File photo © Jay Mallin.

To fight racism, 3 churches reckon with past

Discrimination at a prominent D.C. church led two African American congregations to break away in the 1800s. Now the three are reconnecting.
Evangelism
The Sierra Leone Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Denis Sandy (left in helmet), explains to the Masantigie community details of the agreement signed between the community and the Sierra Leone Conference regarding the disputed Pa Loko property. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone Conference settles land dispute

Church agrees to give 60 acres of Pa Loko land to neighboring community to resolve a property battle that had turned violent.
Social Concerns
Norma P. Dollaga, a United Methodist deaconess, joined other religious groups during an Aug. 20, 2019, protest decrying the killings and violence on Negros Island. Filipino United Methodists have strongly condemned the bloodshed. Photo courtesy of Tetang Dollaga, UM News.

Filipino United Methodists condemn latest violence

State terrorism prevails on Negros Island, the Philippines Board of Church and Society said in condemning the latest killings.