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* A History of Blacks (deleted or expired 2012)

An examination and assessment of the Methodist legacy in America reveals that Black persons and their contributions continue to receive inadequate credits, and there are more written resources available about Blacks in the history of Methodism.

Literature about Black persons in the Methodist history and/or literature written from the perspective of the Black ethos is perceived as resources primarily for Black persons, while an important element in the interrelationship of the different groups within the church family is to respect thoroughly and understand the uniqueness and contributions of Black persons in the evolving history of Methodism and the USA.

We call upon the General Commission on Archives and History and The United Methodist Publishing House, in joint consultation with the General Commission on Religion and Race, to determine the most effective means to identify additional Black literary and historical records that have not been acknowledged and/or published; promote the use of these and other such resources among whites and other racial and ethnic minorities; and encourage training sessions led by Blacks using these resources that acknowledge the contributions of Black persons to the legacy and heritage of Methodism in the United States of America and the world and that a listing of these resources be distributed to each conference.

AMENDED and readopted 2004
resolution #58, 2004 book of resolutions
resolution #52, 2000 book of resolutions

See Social Principles, ¶ 162A.

From The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - 2008. Copyright © 2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.