Racial Justice

Mission and Ministry
Art from the book “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, The Father of Gospel Music,” written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Bryan Collier. The story page includes the text, “I still heard spirituals of long ago, Remembered how they moved me so. Hardships woven into hymns I wrote — Every lyric, every note.” Image courtesy of Simon & Shuster.

Spotlighting black heroes in children’s books

A new children’s book tells the story of Methodist minister Charles A. Tindley, who worked his way up from childhood poverty to become a respected clergyman and hymn songwriter.
General Church
The Rev. Junius Dotson (holding microphone), speaks during a livestreamed panel discussion in Tampa, Fla., with members of the team that developed the "Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation.” $39 million is set aside in the plan to go to minority churches. “The idea was … to make clear that the church has a commitment to these communities of color,” Dotson said. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Minority funding critical to separation deal

Negotiators of proposed separation plan for The United Methodist Church say $39 million for minority ministries was critical element.
Social Concerns
Bishop Woodie W. White (center) crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 50th anniversary observance in 2015 of Bloody Sunday. With him are his wife, Kim (right), Ruby Shinhoster and Beth Clarke. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

A look back at Bloody Sunday’s 50th anniversary

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, UM News revisits its 2015 trip to Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 marches protesting racial segregation.
Social Concerns
United Methodist Bishops Bruce R. Ough and LaTrelle Easterling stand in solidarity during the national rally to end racism, a Drumbeat for Justice Silent Walk from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to the National Mall on April 4, 2018. Bishop Easterling is among church leaders in Baltimore urging United Methodists to resist “reactionary responses” to President Donald Trump’s tweets disparaging the city. File photo by Kathy L. Gilbert, UMNS.

Church leaders affirm Baltimore after tweets

Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling and the Rev. Wanda Bynum Duckett speak of city’s complexity, creativity and resilience.

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