Racial Justice

Social Concerns
Panelists discuss Methodism’s record on race during a livestreamed denominational town hall meeting. The gathering was moderated by Erin Hawkins (bottom right) of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race. Panelists included (clockwise from bottom left): Alison Collis Greene, The Revs. Alfred T. Day III, William Bobby McClain and Lisa Dellinger. UM News screenshot via YouTube.

Unsnarling US and church racial history

Town hall explored Methodism’s complicated and sometimes suppressed record on race to help United Methodists turn away from past sins.
Social Concerns
Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop LaTrelle Easterling helps conduct a June 24 online “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” while standing in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington. The hour-long video service is part of the denomination’s new initiative to combat racism. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.

ʽService of Lament’ challenges church on racism

United Methodist bishops, agencies collaborate on unflinching video as latest step in anti-racism initiative.
Social Concerns
Saun Hough (left), associate pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Compton, Calif.,  hands reentry hygiene kits to Jerrel McCoy, lead community health worker at SHIELDS For Families. The church mobilized to create 3,500 kits for citizens released from prison by the state of California. Photo courtesy of Crossroads United Methodist Church.

Prisoners facing crisis during COVID-19

United Methodists are urged to advocate for early release of vulnerable people in prisons or detention centers to stop spread of pandemic.
Bishops
Bishops of The United Methodist Church announced the launch of a multi-level effort throughout the denomination to dismantle racism and promote collective action for racial justice. Western Pennsylvania Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi stands in front of an image of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Minn.  Photo by Jackie Campbell, Western Pennsylvania Conference.

Bishops pledge more effective anti-racism campaign

Bishops and other United Methodists supporting a new anti-racism campaign are determined to get solid results from their efforts.

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