‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing

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Protesters at the Ahmadu Bello Way in Jos, Nigeria, hold candles and chant liberation songs on Oct. 20. At least 56 people have died since the protests against police brutality began on Oct. 8, according to Amnesty International. Photo by the Rev. Christopher Thomas

Bishop calls for dialogue on police reform in Nigeria

As protests turn deadly, Nigeria Area Bishop John Wesley Yohanna urges the government to address demonstrations peacefully. Several United Methodist pastors say they witnessed the violence.
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Grandmother Alice Makore (from left), a lay leader at Nyamutumbu United Methodist Church, and parents Linda Munyori and Munyaradzi Makore mourn the loss of 7-year-old Tapiwa Makore, who was murdered in a suspected ritual killing in Makore Village, Zimbabwe, on Sept. 17. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Boy with United Methodist ties dies in ritual killing

Seven-year-old was the grandson of a lay leader at Nyamutumbu United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe; his uncle has been charged with murder.
Social Concerns
Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II (right) spoke with Erin Hawkins during The United Methodist Church’s fifth online discussion about eradicating racial injustice. Cleaver, a United Methodist pastor who represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, said he is heartened by diverse crowds of young people coming together to march against racism. UM News graphic.

Moving voting rights 'from ideal to reality'

Voter suppression has been a part of the U.S. historical narrative. Ensuring voting rights for all will be difficult and uncomfortable process, says a United Methodist congressman.