Race Relations

The Rev. Byron Thomas. Photo courtesy of Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Black father prepares sons for racial injustice

“I have no positive to give you,” one son says. In a commentary, the Rev. Byron Thomas calls on white fathers to teach their sons about racial injustice, too.
Social Concerns
A stained-glass window in The Cathedral of the Rockies/Boise First United Methodist Church, in Boise, Idaho, features images of Robert E. Lee (left), Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Church leaders have decided to remove the image of Lee, given his role as a Confederate general. “Symbols of white supremacy do not belong in our sacred space,” they said in a statement. Photo courtesy of The Cathedral of the Rockies.

Robert E. Lee image out at Boise church

Cathedral of the Rockies, also known as Boise First United Methodist Church, will remove the Confederate general from its stained glass.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Gregory Holston speaks during a May 31 demonstration at Philadelphia City Hall in honor of George Floyd. Holston, a United Methodist pastor and adviser to Philadelphia’s district attorney, stands beside a statue of slain voting rights activist Octavius Catto. Photo by Samaria Bailey, Philadelphia Tribune.

Moving beyond protests to stamp out racism

Amid protests and prayer vigils, United Methodists are joining the long-term struggle against oppression and toward reconciliation.
Social Concerns
Two women march with signs calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, during protests in Louisville, Kentucky, over the police killings of Taylor in Louisville, George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn., and other African Americans. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot eight times in her bed when officers broke down her door to serve a search warrant. Photo by Cathy Bruce, courtesy of the Kentucky Conference.

United Methodists preach, protest and decry racism

Many United Methodists participated in protests in support of Black Lives Matter, calling for an end to police brutality and violence against people of color after the death of George Floyd in police custody.

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