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Church History
Henry Louis Gates Jr. visits the church he grew up attending, Waldon United Methodist in Piedmont, W.Va., for a scene in the new PBS documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song.” Photo courtesy of PBS.

‘Black Church’ film taps United Methodist sources

New PBS documentary draws on United Methodist photo archives and shows host Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his boyhood church.
Social Concerns
Bishop Joel Martinez. Photo courtesy of the Council of Bishops.

The church is not yet a ‘great multitude’

Sharing instances of racism he saw committed by the church throughout his life, retired Bishop Joel Martinez says we still have much work ahead to resemble the inclusive choir from the Book of Revelation.
Racism
Speakers for the Sept. 16 panel discussion on the theological roots of racism and colonialism are (left to right) the Revs. Mai-Anh Le Tran, Edgardo Colón-Emeric and Willie James Jennings. The United Methodist Church held the livestreamed discussion as part of its Dismantling Racism series. Photos courtesy of Tran, Jennings, and photo of Colón-Emeric by Les Todd; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Grappling with how racism coexists with faith

Three theologians wrestled with how Christianity can overcome racism at a time when polls show that many white Christians don’t see racial injustice as a problem.