If the 21st century is to be different from the previous four centuries, then the American church must exercise even more creativity and effort to break down racial barriers than it took to erect them in the first place. Read more

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Devoted to Jesus' teachings of love and justice, Rev. Vernon Tyson worked for racial equality and reconciliation throughout his 60-year ministry. Read more

Ordained Ministry

A PBS documentary on the self-immolation of Rev. Charles R. Moore has profound lessons for United Methodists about their own church history, writes the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell. Read more


In a new job on a university campus, Charlie Baber ponders the Advent connections between America's racism and John Wesley's campaign to abolish slavery. Read more


The Rev. Bill Cotton first learned about racism under an old peach tree in East Texas where his white mother let him meet his African-American playmates. Now he backs the Black Lives Matter movement. Read more

Perspectives 1 Comments

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell likens the recent statement of the "ebony bishops" of The United Methodist Church declaring racism to be alive in the UMC to traditionalists' prejudice against LGBTQ+ people. Read more


Evidence of voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections shows that racism continues to be alive and well in the United States, and that Christians should oppose it, says the Rev. Dr. Steve Harper. Read more


The full Council of Bishops has committed itself to dismantling racism across the church, especially in the United States, after African-American bishops decried the politics of hatred taking place in America. Read more

Advocating Justice

The Council of Bishops concluded its semiannual conclave by releasing statements on leadership, racism, and immigration among other topics. Read more

Finance and Administration

Observe the differences between the ways that two prophetic pastors were treated when speaking truth to power, and you'll understand what's happening with race in America, writes Cynthia B. Astle. Read more

Views from a Ridge 1 Comments

The General Commission on Religion and Race releases the fourth entry in the Vital Conversations series of video studies for local congregations. Read more

Local Church

Saying black spiritual leaders are neither "mere mascots" of the left nor setting "horses" with the religious right, representatives of the nation's two largest black denominations announced they will work independently to mobilize voters. Read more

Advocating Justice

A sermon about South Africa's apartheid era moves the Rev. Dr. Benjamin L. Hartley to pray that God breaks open hearts so that the world rushes in. Read more

Global Nature

Jesus expects that his disciples will feed the hungry and thirsty, welcome strangers, clothe the naked, and visit the ill and imprisoned, not debate endlessly about what happens in people's bedrooms, writes Dr. Martha E. Banks. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, head of United Methodism's social-action arm, calls Attorney General Jeff Sessions' defense of immigrant family separations a "shocking" misinterpretation of scripture and urges calls to halt the practice. Read more

Advocating Justice 1 Comments

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Statement also calls for "an end to impunity in the Holy Land" and expresses solidarity with Christian churches in the Middle East, many of which are in Palestinian areas. Read more

Advocating Justice 2 Comments

As it struggles to find a path into its future, The United Methodist Church needs to confront its history of bigotry based on white male supremacy if it wishes to call itself truly Wesleyan, writes the Rev. B. Kevin Smalls. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove explains to RNS columnist Jonathan Merritt what must be done to break free from oppressive views and spark a more just expression of Christianity in America. Read more

Although it was abolished in the 1968 merger that created The United Methodist Church, the impact of the racially segregated Central Jurisdiction still lingers today. Read more

In the Church 1 Comments

The World Council of Churches' Report on the April 4 anti-racism rally in Washington, D.C., brings another perspective to the task of eradicating racial prejudice in America. Read more

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