African American

Local Church
The Rev. Paula Smith (second from left) steadies a cart while volunteers Tim Morgan (in green T-shirt) and Richard Wilson load box lunches for distribution at Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. A new study by Gammon Theological Seminary explores the pandemic’s impact on Black United Methodist churches and leaders. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Research shows Black churches’ resilience

Gammon Theological Seminary president lauds innovation and adaptability of Black United Methodist congregations in coping with the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.
Racism
The Rev. Janet L. Wolf. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Remembering a civil rights giant

"Rip" Patton, who died Aug. 24 at age 81, was a Freedom Rider in the 1960s and never stopped challenging people to build a better world.
General Church
Larry R. Hygh Jr., Ed.D.      Photo by K. Neubauer.

Leadership lessons from Bishop Beverly J. Shamana

Bishop Shamana believed in and expressed a collegial form of leadership. She said, “I don’t have to have all of the answers myself, and I believe that wisdom resides in the body, and that the holy spirit gives wisdom to all of us.”
Global Health
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.

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