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United Methodists this year mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a founder of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Photo illustration by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications

2014: United Methodists of note remembered

United Methodists mourned the passing of pioneering leaders of United Methodist Women, a champion of United Methodist Men and a poet who met with Presidents. Read More

People hold hands and pray during an August vigil near the site where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo. Photo by Matt Miofsky

Grand jury decision will call for ‘courageous compassion’

A United Methodist clergyman writes about the wait for a grand jury decision on the police shooting of an 18-year-old teenager. Read More

A higher law

Chris Momany says legal statutes often reflect societal norms. 'People are not granted rights by government. Their God-given rights are recognized and protected by governments.' Read More

A photo taken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial shows part of the 200,000 crowd from the 1963 Civil Rights March on the District of Columbia.

Long-ago summer set course for many United Methodists

The more than 700 student volunteers who took part in Freedom Summer included United Methodists. Others were influenced by what they saw, heard, or read about in 1964. Read More

Civil Rights Movement ‘a galaxy away’

Freedom Summer did not affect young man as he was growing up in Dallas, but learning about it years later had a profound effect. Read More

The Rev. George McClain, executive director emeritus, Methodist Federation for Social Action Adjunct Faculty: New York Theological Seminary, The College of New Jersey.

‘In Mississippi I learned what church is’

The Rev. George D. McClain remembers the 1964 Freedom Summer as beginning of his theological education. Read More

Dorothy Smith, dean of the college of general studies at Dillard University in New Orleans.

Freedom School leads to fulfillment of dream

A youthful Freedom School experience introduced a Dillard dean to Black History, a foreign language and photography. Read More

Freedom Summer changed history, shaped lives

Read reflections written by people who were in Mississippi that summer or elsewhere in the world watching and praying. More

Supporting Selma and Voting Rights

In early 1965, Selma, Alabama, became the focus of activists’ efforts to register black voters in the South. On March 7, 1965, civil rights workers attempting to march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery were severely beaten by state and local police as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. This event... More

Bishop Joseph C. Sprague attends a Freedom School in the West Ohio Conference in 2011. He was part of the first Freedom Schools in Mississippi in 1964.

Freedom Summer remains vision of hope

Retired Bishop C. Joseph Sprague attributes his time at Freedom Summer with shaping who he is today. Read More

Rontrell reads the book

Freedom rings for happy summer scholars

Freedom Schools in 29 states are helping more than 11,500 children develop a love for reading and gain extra self-esteem. Read More

Larry McCormack stands in the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library where his photo composites, part of a collection called

A lens-eye view of the civil rights struggle

Tennessean photographer Larry McCormack hopes when viewers look at his visual mingling of past and present they get a sense of walking into history. Read More

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act as Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, look on.

Civil Rights Act 50th Anniversary

Interpreter Magazine invited six people involved in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. to share their memories and thoughts about civil rights now. More

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The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Sung in U.S. churches near the Fourth of July, Julia Ward Howe’s lyrics were inspired by Civil War troops and captured the spirit of the abolitionist cause. Read More

Juneteenth day celebration in Texas. Dates June 19, 1900. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library. Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Worship Resources for Juneteenth

Prayers and hymns for the oldest known African-American celebration honoring the day slaves in Galveston, Texas received word of their emancipation. Read More

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