‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing

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The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Johnson, a delegate to the conference, has written a hymn called "It Is Enough" in response to George Floyd's death and earlier tragedies like it. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.
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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.
The Rev. Eric Mayle. Photo by Michael Williams, courtesy of Centenary United Methodist Church.

The risk the white church must take to address racism

“The single greatest obstacle for the white church’s response to racism isn’t silence, it’s being lukewarm. It’s being shallow and timid in how we address racism in the church,” writes The Rev. Eric Mayle.