Oklahoma Annual Conference

Local Church
The Rev. Derrek Belase. Photo courtesy of the author.

A church closing that hits home

The Rev. Derrek Belase, director of connectional ministries for the Oklahoma Conference, shares the emotions he’s feeling as he prepares for the closing of the United Methodist church where he grew up.
Local Church
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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.

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