Traditions

Theology and Education
James W. Story is working to preserve African American spiritual songs through an album and stage shows. Photo by Josh Cross, courtesy of Gallatin News.

Music educator devoted to preserving spirituals

The lifelong goal of musician James W. Story has been to preserve African American spiritual music, which inspired and instructed slaves as they traveled on the underground railroad toward freedom.
Church History
Children and youth often serve as acolytes in The United Methodist Church. They may carry in the light of Christ, the processional cross, banners or Bible. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMCom.

Ask The UMC: Where did the use of acolytes originate?

Is the role of acolytes to carry the light of the Lord into the world?

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