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The Rev. Chip Freed and the Rev. Lori Stubbs performing baptism at Garfield Memorial UMC. Garfield Memorial is a multiethnic church in Cleveland, OH.

Dismantling Racism

Multiethnic communication: Listen first

Authentic multiethnic communication within a church begins not with talking, but listening closely to the people and communities that congregation is seeking to reach.

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Dismantling Racism

'Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom' Town Hall Conversation 1

Erin Hawkins, general secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race speaks with historians, ethicists and activists about the racial (in)justice in the history of the United States and The United Methodist Church and where God is calling us to go as we work toward "Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom."

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Responding to the coronavirus

A prayer for a world facing the coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has rapidly transformed life as we know it for millions of people all over the world. Use this prayer for your own or online devotions or online worship .

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UM Agencies

Agencies provide resources and services that equip local congregations and provide a connection for ministry throughout the world. These organizations can be found at all levels of the connection (churchwide, regional and local).

In a spirit of freedom and joy, Alyssa Underwood lifts her arms and face to the sun. Photo by Ginny Underwood

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Through United Methodist Giving, we respond to crises, develop innovative solutions to challenges facing communities, advocate for justice and peace and so much more. 

Together, we empower local spiritual development and educate Native American seminary students to serve God faithfully.

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Race Relations

Western Pennsylvania Area Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi stands in front of an image of George Floyd painted on an overpass support in Pittsburgh, Penn. Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minn., when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. Photo by Jackie Campbell, Western Pennsylvania Conference

Dismantling Racism

United Methodist bishops pledge more effective anti-racism campaign

"This time will be different," said five United Methodist bishops in a June 19 (Juneteenth) video announcement launching a new denomination-wide initiative: "Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom."

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Photo by Mollie Griffin, First UMC, Covington, TN

Responding to the coronavirus

'12 Rules of Church from the CDC'

As its congregation prepares to regather, the Pandemic Praise Team from First United Methodist Church in Covington, Tennessee, penned a fun song to help congregants remember new expectations for gathering, greeting and giving. The Facebook video has become an internet hit!

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Photo by Kathleen Barry United Methodist Communications

Responding to the coronavirus

Growing in your faith in a time of social distancing

Kevin Watson’s urging for families to find a daily rhythm to express faith in a concrete way bears consideration and practice – now and after the pandemic.

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