NEWS AND FEATURES
Smaller communities affected by protests
WILLINGBORO, N.J. (UM News) — Protests in many different smaller cities and towns have followed the violent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. United Methodists are among the participants, and many of them say real progress against racial prejudice is possible through these broad, sustained protests. Jim Patterson has the story.
What does The United Methodist Church say about racism?
Whites only: A tale of two church deeds
CUMBERLAND, Md. — The Rev. Frankie Revell, pastor of LaVale United Methodist Church, had glanced at the church’s deed when he first arrived six years ago. But it wasn’t until a community member alerted him that he took a second look and found it contained racist language. Erik Alsgaard reports.
Close ties challenge rural Africa COVID-19 fight
HARARE, Zimbabwe (UM News) — Close relationships in rural Africa make social and physical distancing to avoid COVID-19 culturally difficult. The United Methodist Church is working to educate people about the need for following precautions. Kudzai Chingwe reports.
Northern Illinois Conference
COVID-19 impacts Hispanic/Latinx community
CHICAGO — The coronavirus is disproportionately affecting the Hispanic and Latinx community, both in hospitalization and death rates and overall economic impact. Northern Illinois Conference Bishop Sally Dyck recently met online with conference Hispanic/Latinx leaders to listen to their experiences and how pastors are providing care and assistance. The Rev. Fabiola Grandon-Mayer reports.
North Carolina Conference
Young clergy sponsor anti-racism rally
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Young Clergy of the North Carolina Conference sponsored a Stand Against Racism rally in front of the North Carolina Capitol in Raleigh. Bishop Hope Morgan Ward joined over 90 laity, clergy and their children to take a stand against racism, white supremacy and police brutality.
United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities
In reopening, remember clergy, staff with disabilities
BEAUMONT, Texas — The United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities wants annual conference leaders to be mindful of clergy and staff with disabilities, and their special health vulnerabilities, in making decisions about reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Court ruling temporarily halts Dakota pipeline
Delegates: Use GC2020 delay for new vision
Monday, July 13-Monday, July 27
Online Class: Becoming an Effective Witness for Jesus Christ