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Video of church incident goes viral, causes fallout

An Oklahoma City United Methodist church focused on prison and addiction recovery ministry faces criticism for telling a visitor to leave after volunteers suspected she might be bringing in drugs.
Church History
Visitors browse a gallery of artifacts at the First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City. The museum held its grand opening on Sept. 18-19. It took decades to get funding and build the museum. Photo courtesy of First Americans Museum.

Native American museum makes belated debut

The First Americans Museum is open to the public after a protracted birthing process. United Methodist Native Americans involved with the new Oklahoma City museum say it is worth the wait.
Social Concerns
Derian Wilson, a member of Martha Bowman United Methodist Church in Macon, Ga., protests against racism regularly in that city. Wilson (at top in yellow shirt) and fellow activists during one of the three or four protests he leads each week. Photo courtesy of Derian Wilson.

Churches, individuals working for racial progress

United Methodist churches are seizing the initiative to make progress on racial issues in the wake of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others.
Mission and Ministry
Vinicius Guimarães dos Santos, an educator with Shade and Fresh Water, an after-school ministry of the Methodist Church of Brazil, plays a game with some of the students at the Liberdade site in Brazil. The ministry is among many over the years receiving small grants through the Encounter with Christ in Latin America and the Caribbean Fund. Photo by Mark Greathouse, courtesy of Global Ministries.

Sustaining faith partnerships with Latin America

Through small grants, the Encounter with Christ fund has nurtured Methodist mission and relationships in 26 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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