NEWS AND FEATURES
Coronavirus exacerbates economic, racial disparities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UM News) — The ongoing economic effects from the coronavirus are disastrous for people who were already struggling, particularly racial and ethnic communities. Churches are trying to fill the need, even while many struggle themselves. Joey Butler reports.
Great Plains Conference
Pastor faced small-town silence after Floyd’s death
TOPEKA, Kan. — Race is the subject of the latest “In Layman’s Terms” podcast from Todd Seifert, Great Plains Conference communications director. Guests include the Rev. Kathy Williams, an African American pastor in a small Kansas town. She shares how she dealt with silence there after George Floyd’s death.
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Northern Illinois Conference
Pandemic causes changes in campus ministries
CHICAGO — Campus ministry leaders are relying on technology and hoping for good weather as college students return to campus. Sunny weather would allow for safer in-person meetings, said Kaitlyn Franz, site pastor at Northern Illinois University. Diane Strzelecki reports.
St. Stephen United Methodist Church
Church donates $20,000 to Loaves and Fishes
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the coronavirus lockdown prevented members of St. Stephen United Methodist Church from volunteering or even donating food, they refocused mission efforts. Church members donated $20,000 to help Loaves and Fishes keep 20 food distribution sites going.
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Slavery and the founders of Methodism
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (UM News) — The founder of Methodism was a staunch abolitionist and the early church was antislavery, but that dedication later faded, writes the Rev. William B. Lawrence. Lawrence outlines the complex history of the church regarding slavery.
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