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Latinos separated by a wall of fear

Latinos are separated physically and spiritually by the border wall between Mexico and US.

National Spanish Heritage Month is a time to examine critical issues for Latinos. “Addressing racism requires more than resolutions and specialized minority ministries,” one retired pastor writes.

The point of the scissors

The Rev. Sondra Willobee reflects on police and protesters as she re-assembles a pair of kitchen scissors. She says, “We should look for the things that hold us together.”

Civil Rights pioneer dies

Civil rights pioneer Gilbert Caldwell speaking

The Rev. Gil Caldwell’s death on September 4 follows the passing this year of other giants of the civil rights era — the Rev. Joseph Lowery, the Rev. C. T. Vivian, and Rep. John Lewis.

A call to United Methodist laity

Laity called to flower

The following is an open letter to laity from the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders (AACLLC). It is a reminder of Jesus’ Great Commandment during this troubled time.

Panelists urge action on race issues

James Lawson in Washington, one of four panelists in town hall.

Four civil rights veterans encourage people of faith to get involved. Panelists speak out for justice during a United Methodist town hall with the theme, “Seasoned leaders discuss dismantling racism.”

Small moments

A few moments of calm for Bishop David Bard.

A morning TV show reminds Bishop David Bard of the importance of small moments for happiness. He expresses gratitude for such times he has experienced in the weeks just past.

Time to wade into the waves

Man wading in waves

Ten years ago the Heisler family spent time in the waves of Lake Michigan. Much has changed but individuals and congregations continue to ride the waves of change. “Put on your gear!”

Pastors with a badge advance reform

Pastors on the beach of Traverse Bay

United Methodist police chaplains and pastors who serve in law enforcement discuss what changes might help both officers and the people they serve and protect.

Multi-ethnic dialogue: listen first

multi-ethnic church holds baptism in Ohio

Multi-ethnic communication begins by actively listening to the different voices and experiences in your church and community.

Taking the next faithful steps

Taking steps against racism

The road to a just society in America stretches before us. Bishop David Bard encourages all to take faithful steps in working against racism, while walking the road with Christ.