African American

Mission and Ministry
Bishop Mande Muyombo speaks during the 2019 United Methodist General Conference in St. Louis. Muyombo was the keynote speaker for the April 28-May 1 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal, which was held online. File photo by Paul Jeffrey, UM News.

Black leaders discuss church future

Speakers at the 55th General Meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal were leery of what a possible splintering of The United Methodist Church will mean for Black churches, based partially on the results of past mergers and splits.
The Rev. Adrienne M. Zackery. Photo courtesy of the author.

The cost of being a strong woman

Being a clergywoman, especially a pastor of color, requires standing firm in faith and learning the importance of balance in life.
Human Rights
The Rev. Dr. Ron Bell. Photo courtesy of the author.

Mental health and the Black church

Research shows the emotional and mental health issues shouldered by Black leaders and churches have worsened markedly with COVID-19. How will the church respond?
Local Church
The Rev. Daniel Hayes preaches the sermon Feb. 6 during worship at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. The church is celebrating Black History Month but also stays focused on the future. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Black church honors past, points to future

During Black History Month, leaders at John Wesley United Methodist Church reflect on Black history and tout programs for future generations. United Methodist News spent a recent Sunday at the thriving African American church.

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