African American

Local Church
The Rev. William Bobby McClain speaks during the 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal in Atlanta. McClain, an original board member of the church's African-American caucus and professor emeritus at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, died Nov. 18. He was 82. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

McClain, theologian and civil rights leader, dies at 82

The Rev. William Bobby McClain, a civil rights leader and one of the founders of The United Methodist Church’s black caucus, died at 82.
Mission and Ministry
Mistrust of the medical community has resulted in a shortage of African Americans willing to be research subjects for COVID-19 vaccine trials. United Methodist leaders in Louisiana are participating in COVID-19 studies in hopes of influencing more Black people to do the same. Coronavirus image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; syringe image by Arek Socha, courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Black people sought for COVID-19 vaccine trials

United Methodist leaders are encouraging Black church members to volunteer for vaccine trials to help fight the coronavirus.
Social Concerns
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.
Social Concerns
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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