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The Rev. Grace Cajiuat (third from left in front row), pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Kenosha, Wis., protests with other interfaith religious leaders at Simmons Library Park on Sept. 1, the day President Trump visited the city near Milwaukee. Photo by Chris Herigstad.

Clergy: Racial justice is church’s responsibility

United Methodists say there is potential for positive things to emerge from the racial unrest after two shootings in Wisconsin.
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The Rev. Sheila Peters from Braden Memorial United Methodist Church preaches March 7, 2020, at a joint Sunday service held at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Praying over attendees on the floor is the Rev. Paula B. Smith, pastor at Gordon Memorial. Strengthening The Black Church for the 21st Century works with predominately Black churches like Braden and Gordon on effective mission and ministry. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Fundraising, church assessments on tap for SBC21

The new top executive of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century has got big plans and wants to move quickly.
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The Rev. James Lawson (center) helps lead the March for Peace, Jobs and Freedom in Washington in 1984. File photo by John C. Goodwin, Board of Global Ministries.

Panelists urge action on race issues

Four veteran United Methodist activists compared Black Lives Matter to the 1960s civil rights movement and urged more action against racism during a virtual discussion.
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The Rev. James Lawson says the Black Lives Matter movement is the most important nonviolent campaign since the civil rights movement. 2016 File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Lawson: Black Lives Matter a religious movement

The Rev. James Lawson says the Black Lives Matter movement is the most important nonviolent campaign since the civil rights movement.

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