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Cain Hope Felder, June 9, 1943-Oct. 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of JK Photography, Howard University

Scholar who focused on Bible's diversity dies

The Rev. Cain Hope Felder, a longtime professor at Howard University and groundbreaking scholar on race in the Bible, has died.
Racism
An engraving from 1830 depicts the slave trade in the United States. The U.S. Capitol is visible in the background.  To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, a study guide and other resources have been prepared to help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy. Engraving from the Library of Congress.

Slavery anniversary leads to new discussions

To mark the 400th anniversary of the first African people being brought to the U.S. as slaves, these resources can help United Methodists better understand that haunting legacy.
Mission and Ministry
This photo, taken in 2010, shows Bennett College, a women-only school in Greensboro, N.C. Photo courtesy of United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.

Black colleges and universities face challenges, too

While there have been no recent closures of United Methodist-affiliated black colleges and universities, schools such as Bennett College still face a challenging landscape.
Mission and Ministry
Bishop LaTrelle Easterling leads a report on the 2019 General Conference during the Black Methodists for Church Renewal meeting in Atlanta. Easterling raised a concern about LGBTQ African Americans in the church, calling them “the marginalized of the marginalized.” Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Bishops discuss GC2019 outcomes with black caucus

African American bishops and members of the church’s black caucus consider the actions of General Conference 2019.

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