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General Conference 2004: African-American News

United Methodist Church supports reparations for African Americans

Delegates to the top legislative assembly of the United Methodist Church voted to support a study of reparations for African Americans and to petition the vice president and House of... Read More

Delegates keep black church initiative, create black heritage center

African-American United Methodist churches will continue to be strengthened and revitalized for mission and ministry for another four years. Read More

Celinda Hughes of Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn., dances during opening worship of the denomination’s 2004 General Conference in Pittsburgh. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

Dancers bring the ‘moving word’ to worship

When Kappitola E. Williams and Celinda Hughes stepped on the floor of the 2004 General Conference they were dancing on prayers. Read More

The service of repentance for racism at the 2000 General Conference. UMNS file photo by Mike DuBose

United Methodists pay homage to African Americans who stayed

Delegates to the 2004 General Conference will both celebrate the African American witness and presence within the United Methodist Church today and recognize “those who stayed” in spite of racism. Read More

A panel discusses ethnic ministries of the United Methodist Church during the Pre-General Conference News Briefing. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose

Church initiatives address growing needs of ethnic groups

In diverse ways, five United Methodist initiatives are leading the church's response to the growth of ethnic populations around the world. Read More

Assembly will hold appreciation service for black members

When United Methodists gather for their top legislative assembly next spring, they will hold a service of appreciation for African Americans who remained with the denomination during the segregation era. Read More