African American

Local Church
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery (center) celebrates his 90th birthday with a song from entertainer Stevie Wonder (right) at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in October 2011. Beside Lowery is his wife Evelyn, who died in 2013. Joseph Lowery died March 27. He was 98. File photo by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Rev. Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader, dead at 98

The Rev. Joseph Lowery, a United Methodist pastor who walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died at his home in Atlanta on March 27.
General Church
United Methodist Bishops Tracy S. Malone (left) LaTrelle Easterling (center) and Gregory V. Palmer take part in a panel discussion on major structural changes being proposed to General Conference and the views of black United Methodist leaders during the Black Methodists for Church Renewal meeting in Kansas City, Mo. Photo by John W. Coleman.

BMCR focuses on separation plans, leadership views

The African American caucus of The United Methodist Church endorsed the protocol plan for amicable separation of the denomination.
Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
Evangelism
Clergywomen gather in fellowship outside the Kwang Lim Chapel at Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, during the July 10-14, 2018, African United Methodist Clergywomen Leadership Development Conference. File photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UM News.

Clergywomen in US, Africa forge bonds

Black clergywomen in the U.S. and their counterparts in Africa are building relationships. A gathering is planned at Africa University in 2022.

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