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COVID-19 top church story for 2020

Top story of 2020 was COVID-19

When United Methodist communicators around the globe voted on the most significant events in the denomination in 2020, COVID-19 and the grief it has caused was named the top story of the year.

Black United Methodists want changes

Rudy Rasmus and Beyonce

“Each of the ten essayists is saying, ‘See me, hear, me, deal with me.’” That’s what Bishop Gregory Palmer remarks about the new book, “I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist.”

Meet Darryl Totty, new leader of CLC

Darryl Totty leads team

The Conference Leadership Council is the place where Michigan’s leaders meet to shape the direction of United Methodist ministry and mission in the state. The Rev. Dr. Darryl Totty is its new chair.

Bishops call for voter participation

Bishops support full voter participation

United Methodist bishops based in the United States support full participation in the coming election in the face of the two viruses, COVID-19 and racism.

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.