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Burning sacred havens: We must be vigilant against unspeakable acts of hatred

The events of the past weeks have highlighted the worst and the best of the American spirit. The worst: unbearable, unspeakable acts of hatred. The best: acts of openness, forgiveness, bravery, moral courage and acceptance. The burning of many black churches in recent weeks reminds us of our need to... read more»

July 02, 2015

Confessions of a white Southerner

As I sit in my office at the United Methodist Building June 26 I can hear in my right ear people singing as they celebrate the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to allow gay marriage to become the law of the land in all 50 states. Childers In my left... read more »

Posted by The Rev. Dr. Clayton Childers on June 29, 2015

Charleston, S.C., shootings deplored

Social-justice agency condemns gun violence, racism

9 victims killed during weekly Bible study at a church whose centuries-long history includes notable civil-rights involvement. read more »

June 29, 2015

Mourning, reflection, and peace!

A reflection on the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3-12

Summer intern from South Carolina addresses how to reckon with the realities of the times in which we live. read more »

by Deontez Wimbley
on June 29, 2015

Do not cross the tracks

A reflection on Mark 4:35-41

God is calling us to say “NO!” to evil messages of supremacy and denigration. read more »

by the Rev. Dr. Clayton Childers
on June 29, 2015

Do not cross the tracks — A reflection on racism and Father’s Day

Jesus was asking the disciples to do something they didn’t feel comfortable doing. He was asking them to “go across to the other side” of the Sea of Galilee, to go to the home of the Gerasenes. The land of the Gerasenes was a foreign territory,... read more »

Posted by The Rev. Dr. Clayton Childers on June 19, 2015

Agency deplores shootings, unrelenting racism of killings in Charleston, S.C.

The General Board of Church & Society of The United Methodist Church joins with people of faith everywhere in praying for the victims of the brutal, senseless shootings Wednesday night of nine members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. The victims, including the pastor,... read more»

June 18, 2015

Can the Church bring justice?

Coping after police custody deaths

The Church must provide vision of what can be, and assurance it is possible, says Baltimore Metropolitan District superintendent. read more »

by Kathy Gilbert
on June 17, 2015

Police incident stirs North Texas United Methodists

Annual conference prays, acts after police manhandling of black teens

Racism must become focus of North Texas Conference, declares Bishop McKee at annual session. read more »

by Sam Hodges
on June 17, 2015

Baltimore mayor thanks United Methodists

Rawlings-Blake cites denomination’s support to the city after Freddie Gray death

Mayor tells annual conference she saw ‘so many of you show up for us during the unrest to address the challenges that our residents face.’ read more »

June 08, 2015

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