Pastor

Racism
The Rev. Chenda Innis Lee discusses anonymous letters criticizing her appearance that she received from among the congregation at Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Va., where she serves as associate pastor.

Virginia church contemplates racism in the ranks

Anonymous letters criticizing the appearance of its African associate pastor have led to self-reflection for a Virginia congregation and a “Do No Harm” campaign seeking changes in The United Methodist Church.
Social Concerns
Birmingham News columnist John Archibald has a book titled “Shaking the Gates of Hell,” about his United Methodist father, who he thinks did too little to help during the civil rights movement. Photo courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf publishing company.

Book revisits pastor’s reticence on civil rights

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and United Methodist has written a book about how his minister father failed to speak out boldly during the civil rights movement.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Anesu Katsande (left) displays the personal protective equipment that was distributed to all pastors and evangelists in the Harare West District of The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe. Katsande is superintendent of the Harare West District. Photo courtesy of Eunice Kadiki, HWD Communications.

COVID-19 deaths complicate pastors’ calling

Need for social distancing and lack of personal protective equipment challenge pastors in Zimbabwe to find safe ways to be in ministry with grieving church members.
Local Church
The Rev. Bob Long speaks Dec. 2, 2020, during Advent at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Long’s Advent and Christmas series was inspired by the memoir of Sanford D. Greenberg, a Jewish philanthropist who has devoted himself to eradicating blindness. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Bob Long.

Blind man’s memoir sparks Advent sermons

The Rev. Bob Long drew on Sanford Greenberg’s “Hello Darkness, My Old Friend” for a pre-Christmas sermon series, inspiring a congregation and making the pastor a friend.

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