Reconciliation

Church History
The Rev. William B. Lawrence.  Photo by H. Jackson/Southern Methodist University.

Slavery and the founders of Methodism

The founder of Methodism was a staunch abolitionist and the early church was antislavery, but that dedication later faded.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Isaac Collins, a United Methodist pastor, co-leads a Bible study, “Swords into Plowshares: What the Bible says about injustice, idolatry, and repentance,” at the base of the Robert E. Lee statue on Market Street Park, Charlottesville, Va., on June 11, 2020. The steeple of First United Methodist Church is visible over the trees in the background. In 2019, Collins and the Rev. Phil Woodson first offered the Bible study using Confederate statues as sites and subject matter. Photo by Phil Woodson.

Seeing removal of statues as ‘doing no harm’

United Methodists in Virginia and North Carolina are among those calling for Confederate monuments to be moved away from public spaces.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Christopher P. Momany. Photo by Kristen Schell.

Confronting ridiculous 'logic' of white supremacy

The church must decide between self-justifications for racism and honest claims to justice.
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.

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