United Methodists Get to Work after Katrina

United Methodists from all walks of life an in all areas of the US are working to relieve the suffering and assist those left vulnerable following Hurricane Katrina. The following stories share what United Methodists are doing both within the disaster zone and outside of it to help thousands in need.

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Richard F. Hicks. Photo courtesy of the author.

Caught in a twilight zone of change

Even after the passage of civil rights laws, a white teen found change slow to come in the rural South of the 1970s.
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The Rev. Constance Hastings. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Constance Hastings.

When one's enemy becomes one's neighbor

A traumatic childhood memory, repressed for 40 years, came back to force United Methodist deacon Constance Hastings to confront racism in her upbringing.
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Barbara Talley. Photo courtesy of Hope United Methodist Church.

‘You’ll ruin the neighborhood’

An African American woman recalls instances of racism while she and her husband were searching for housing in the 1950s and 1960s.