Social Issues

General Agencies
During a June 25 online meeting, the General Council on Finance and Administration board voted to update local-church statistical forms to include the option of non-binary under the category of gender. This change only affects the U.S. Excerpt of the current church statistical form highlighted for emphasis by UM News.

Church to start counting non-binary members

The board of The United Methodist Church’s finance agency approved adding the term “non-binary” alongside “male” and “female” on church statistical forms. The change only affects U.S. congregations.
Local Church
Members of Centenary UMC in Metuchen, New Jersey, celebrate diversity and the love of God through service and community. Photo courtesy of Centenary United Methodist Church.

Ask The UMC: How may United Methodists observe Heritage Months?

Because most United Methodist congregations in the US are mono-ethnic, it's important for them to take care when observing history or heritage months of races and cultures different from theirs.
Social Concerns
(From left) Eastern Pennsylvania Bishop Peggy Johnson prays with the Rev. Jeanette Davis, the Rev. Gregory Holston and his wife, Deborah Holston, and others on the lawn of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, during an interfaith prayer vigil on April 23. The Black Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity called upon the city’s pastors to lead prayers at or near their houses of worship amid a surge of gun violence in the Philadelphia area. Photo by John W. Coleman, UM News.

Seeking gun violence remedies, policing reforms

Amid an escalation in shootings and murders in Philadelphia, Eastern Pennsylvania Conference hosts virtual events to address urban violence and policing in African American communities.
Social Concerns
Anita Campbell. Photo courtesy of Anita Campbell

It’s never too late to do the right thing

Anita Campbell witnessed racism in college in the 1960s South, but stayed mostly quiet about it. The national anti-racism movement of the past year spurred her to speak out and get involved.

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