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Faith Stories
Stacey Abrams won more than 75 percent of votes to become Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor. She made it a point to thank her United Methodist pastor parents and to quote from the Book of Esther in her acceptance speech.

Georgia candidate has deep United Methodist roots

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, the daughter of two retired United Methodist pastors, was raised to lead life of service.
Worshipers sing during a Wednesday evening gathering at Kindgom Builders Center, Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston in this 2011 file photo. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

African-Americans contributing to the Church

Take a look at how African-Americans shaped the Church - past, present and future.
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United Methodist Church supports reparations for African Americans

Delegates to the top legislative assembly of the United Methodist Church voted to support a study of reparations for African Americans and to petition the vice president and House of Representatives to support the passage and signing of House Resolution 40.
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Celinda Hughes of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., dances during opening worship of the denomination’s 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Dancers bring the ‘moving word’ to worship

When Kappitola E. Williams and Celinda Hughes stepped on the floor of the 2004 General Conference they were dancing on prayers.

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