Racism

Bishops
During his first address as Council of Bishops president, Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton urged fellow United Methodists to begin pivoting toward what they hope The United Methodist Church will be in the future. Bickerton’s address was livestreamed on the opening day of the Council of Bishops virtual meeting, which will be in open session again Aug. 26. Screengrab courtesy of the Council of Bishops via Zoom by UM News.

Bishop urges end to falsehoods, pivot to future

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton used his first address as Council of Bishops president to call on backers of a breakaway denomination to stop mischaracterizing The United Methodist Church.
Church Leadership
A Duke University study on salary disparities between Black and white United Methodist pastors in North and South Carolina shows that Black pastors make substantially less than their white counterparts. Researchers have offered strategies to close the gap. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Striving for equity in pastor salaries

A Duke University study on salary disparities between Black and white United Methodist pastors in North and South Carolina shows that Black pastors make substantially less than their white counterparts, and the researchers offer up some strategies to close the gap.
Racism
The Revs. Pauline Kang and Motoe Foor lead Holy Communion during opening worship at the 2018 Ohana Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference was held by the Association of Asian American and Pacific Islander Clergywomen (AAPIC) and the National Association of Korean American United Methodist Clergywomen (NAKAUMC). Photo by Thomas Kim, UM News.

Ask The UMC: How can United Methodists address racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?

Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States have continued to face racism from governmental actions and white supremacy since at least the middle of the 19th century. United Methodists are called in baptism to resist these and all forms of evil, injustice, and oppression.
Racism
The Rev. Giovanni Arroyo serves as top executive of the United Methodist Commission on Religion and Race, the agency formed to hold the denomination accountable to its commitment to reject racism in the life of the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Asking the hard questions about race

A native of Puerto Rico, the Rev. Giovanni Arroyo knows firsthand what it’s like to be a minority in America, and that experience informs the way he pursues his mission as The United Methodist Church’s point person on inclusion.

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