United Methodists respond to Baltimore riots

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Social Concerns
United Methodist deaconess Bulelwa Ndedwa leads a march against gender-based violence in Durban, South Africa, on Sept. 14.  The march began with prayer at a United Methodist church and ended in downtown Bizana in the Makukhanye District, Eastern Cape. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UM News.

Church shines spotlight on violence against women

South African United Methodists march for change, urge church to take action to protect female members and all women.
Local Church
Kimberly Pitcher-Crago (left) and Ellen Hawes present a liturgical dance during a 2002 service of repentance by Foundry United Methodist Church at Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington. In the 19th century, racial discrimination at Foundry led to the formation of Asbury and later John Wesley AME Zion. File photo © Jay Mallin.

To fight racism, 3 churches reckon with past

Discrimination at a prominent D.C. church led two African American congregations to break away in the 1800s. Now the three are reconnecting.
Evangelism
The Sierra Leone Minister of Lands, Housing and Environment, Denis Sandy (left in helmet), explains to the Masantigie community details of the agreement signed between the community and the Sierra Leone Conference regarding the disputed Pa Loko property. Photo by Phileas Jusu, UM News.

Sierra Leone Conference settles land dispute

Church agrees to give 60 acres of Pa Loko land to neighboring community to resolve a property battle that had turned violent.