Martin Luther King Jr.

The Rev. Morgan Guyton worries that cynicism becomes natural temptation in our current state of affairs where everyone is trying to be an “influencer.” Read more


This year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday prompts Dr. Steve Harper to dream of myriad ways to achieve MLK's "beloved community." Read more

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Religious activist John Gehring asserts that the recent arrests of some 70 Catholic nuns and priests shows the need for committed religious civil disobedience now. Read more

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Just in time for an annual observance, a young disciple teaches Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant about "a King who lived a long time ago." Read more


The Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks that Christians can look to models who combine faith and action that will energize their discipleship. Read more

An uncomfortable spiritual discernment leads Cynthia B. Astle to question whether retributive actions are ethically correct for American Christians in the face of today's widespread injustices. Read more

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One of those who demonstrated for racial justice at the 1968 General Conference that created The United Methodist Church, the Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell now hopes to live long enough to see LGBTQ discrimination removed from the church. Read more

A national rally to inspire people of faith to end racism in America drew enthusiastic participation by United Methodists. Read more

Advocating Justice

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Wearing a clerical robe is a visible reminder that a preacher, like Martin Luther King Jr., not only speaks God's words from the Bible but speaks for God, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. Read more


Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, the Rev. Morgan Guyton laments how the radical agendas of Christian martyrs – starting with Jesus – get tamed by those in power. Read more


United Methodist black leaders who worked with or knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reflect on the gains and challenges of racial justice in the half-century after King's assassination April 4, 1968. Read more

Advocating Justice

Just as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Fannie Lou Hamer challenged an American system that shut out some citizens, two United Methodist congregations have voted to challenge the United Methodist ban on same-gender marriages. Read more

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Far from being an antique address, the last Sunday sermon preached by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. still challenges Christian to choose good over evil. Read more


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From his earliest career, the late Rev. Billy Graham was influenced by prominent Methodist evangelists and pastors. Read more

Practicing Faith

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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, urges people of faith to carry on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and bring forth a radical revolution of values in America. Read more

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MLK in Jail

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Retired United Methodist Bishop Ernest S. Lyght gives President Trump a history lesson and a leadership challenge on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Read more

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Using lyrics from songs dear to black Americans, retired Bishop Ernest S. Lyght examines the spiritual history behind prayerful protests such as NFL players "taking a knee" during the playing of the national anthem. Read more


MLK Kneeling

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What the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant thinks of taking a knee, he thinks of these things. Read more

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The Civil Rights Movement has an important lesson to teach today's resisters to inhumane public policies -- how to love evil into becoming good, writes United Methodist layman Brian Snyder. Read more


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Bishop Woodie White's annual letter to the late Martin Luther King Jr. almost didn't get written this year, as the bishop struggled like so many of us with the aftermath of the 2016 elections. Read more

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