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Ashlee Hand receives a COVID-19 vaccination from EMT Archie Coble during a clinic at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., in April. Health experts say many people trust their faith leaders to address their concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

Churches have role in overcoming vaccine hesitancy

People mistrustful of other institutions may still trust their faith leaders to address their concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccination.
Global Health
Camisha Henson holds her son Welles in her lap while receiving a COVID-19 vaccination from Tabitha England, RN, during a clinic at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Churches get COVID-19 vaccines to thousands

Fifteen United Methodist churches in Charlotte, N.C., have launched an effort to be a trusted place for vaccinations in a community that may lack access or be hesitant.
Social Concerns
(From left) Eastern Pennsylvania Bishop Peggy Johnson prays with the Rev. Jeanette Davis, the Rev. Gregory Holston and his wife, Deborah Holston, and others on the lawn of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, during an interfaith prayer vigil on April 23. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity called upon the city’s pastors to lead prayers at or near their houses of worship amid a surge of gun violence in the Philadelphia area. Photo by John W. Coleman, UM News.

Seeking gun violence remedies, policing reforms

Amid an escalation in shootings and murders in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference hosts virtual events to address urban violence and policing in African American communities.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Josephine Whitely-Fields. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Josephine Whitely-Fields

Enduring racism, badgering, as a pastor

Black clergywoman persevered through obstacles at local church appointments.

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