Social Justice

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Church responds after mass death of migrants

Even as they grieve the deaths of at least 50 migrants in San Antonio, United Methodists are continuing to care for immigrants and address what drives people to such peril.
People wade or ride rafts made from inner tubes across the Suchiate River, which forms part of the border between Guatemala and Mexico, near Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. The busy, informal crossing is used by migrants as well as by people hauling commercial cargo in both directions. A ride across on one of the inner tube rafts usually costs between 10 and 20 Guatemalan quetzals, roughly $1.25-$2.50 U.S. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Church leaders explore ways to help migrants in Mexico

A group of leaders from the Methodist Church of Mexico and The United Methodist Church traveled to southern Mexico in April to meet with groups working with immigrants crossing into the country.
Robin Rue Simmons speaks to the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Evanston, Ill., about the impact of the city’s initiative to make reparations for slavery and racial discrimination. Simmons is executive director of FirstRepair, a local nonprofit, and is considered to be the architect of the city’s reparations program. The church presented a check for $50,000 to the Evanston Community Foundation in support of the Reparations Stakeholders Authority of Evanston group. Photo by S.E. Brick.

White church donates to reparations fund

The pastor and lay leader of First United Methodist Church of Evanston, Illinois, hope their $50,000 contribution to a reparations fund started by leaders of the Chicago suburb will inspire others to follow suit.
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Frye Gaillard. Photo by Rachel Smook.

Alabama minister ‘never lost himself in the battle’

A friend reflects on a United Methodist pastor whose courage and grace made an indelible impression.

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