Social Justice

Social Concerns
The Rev. Orlando Gallardo Parra (right), pastor of Drexel United Methodist Church in Drexel, Mo., and a DACA recipient, has been married to his wife, Emily, for four years. “DACA has made it possible for me to be ordained in the United Methodist Church (and) to get a job as a pastor.” Photo courtesy of Rev. Gallardo Parra.

DACA decision brings joy, but battle not over

About 650,000 young people have gained temporary relief from deportation with U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Human Rights
Protesters in Manila raise placards calling on legislators to scrap the anti-terror bill that has drawn concern from human rights activists who fear it could be used to suppress free speech and harass those who challenge President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez.

Filipinos speak out against anti-terrorism bill

Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco called the bill oppressive, while others spoke out against red-tagging and human rights abuses.
Mission and Ministry
In this 2013 file photo, the Rev. Eunice Musa Iliya (right) participates in an International Women's Day vigil, sponsored by United Methodist Women. Photo by Kristina Krug, courtesy of United Methodist Women.

Ask The UMC: What does it mean to ‘resist evil, injustice and oppression’?

A look at the biblical and baptismal history behind the renunciation of evil.
Social Concerns
The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Johnson, a delegate to the conference, has written a hymn called "It Is Enough" in response to George Floyd's death and earlier tragedies like it. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.

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