Women

Faith Stories
Kit Evans-Ford (left), one of the Wesleyan Investive Tom Locke Award winners for 2022, started an organization to employ female survivors of sexual violence. Pictured with Evans-Ford are her husband, the Rev. Dwight L. Ford, pastor of Grace City Church in Rock Island, Ill., and their children, Imani and Justice. Photo courtesy of Kit Evans-Ford.

Ministry helping sexual violence survivors honored with award

Kit Evans-Ford, one of the Wesleyan Investive Tom Locke Award winners for 2022, started an organization to employ female survivors of sexual violence.
Faith Stories
DeLaris Johnson Risher receives applause during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Johnson Robinson House on the campus of the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. Risher, 92, was one of the first Black women to attend what was then Scarritt College for Christian Workers 70 years ago. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

She ‘dared to stand up for women of color’

In 1952, two Black women quietly integrated Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, Tennessee — two years before segregation in education was ruled unconstitutional. DeLaris Johnson Risher looks back on those days and her long career as an educator and deaconess.
The Rev. Adrienne M. Zackery. Photo courtesy of the author.

The cost of being a strong woman

Being a clergywoman, especially a pastor of color, requires standing firm in faith and learning the importance of balance in life.
Global Health
A resident of the Soweto slum in Nairobi, Kenya, awaits a COVID-19 shot at Kayole St. John’s United Methodist Church. Through a joint effort by Christian, Hindu and Muslim faith groups in Kenya, more than 1,000 people have received vaccinations since December 2021.Transportation services are also offered to people who live far from the vaccination sites. Photo by Gad Maiga, UM News.

Kenyan churches help with COVID-19 vaccinations

Joint effort by Christian, Hindu and Muslim faith groups results in more than 1,000 people receiving vaccinations.

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