Church’s Beloved Community Project Explores How It Can Stand Against Racism

By Brett Hetherington* “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Those words shared by the Rev. Christopher Liberati set the stage for a panel discussion that has been a centerpiece for Willoughby United Methodist Church (Western Reserve District) throughout the month of February. This panel discussion is not a standalone. It’s part of an ongoing [...]

All In God’s Image; A Study in the History of Indigenous Peoples

By Will Fenton-Jones* One of the most troubling stories I have learned as the Conference director of Multicultural Vitality is the story of the Sand Creek Massacre. In 1864 Colonel John Chivington, a Methodist clergyman turned military man, led a massacre that resulted in the death of over 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho, mostly women and [...]

Leading through Crisis; Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy Goes Virtual in 2021

By Rick Wolcott* “Being at the retreat is energizing, renewing, cup-filling, and relaxing, all at the same time.” - Rev. Dogba Bass Aldersgate UMC “The retreat is an opportunity for Black clergy to affirm their unique calls and to be affirmed.” - Rev. Gary Henderson United Methodist Communications The Bishops’ Retreat with Black Clergy returned in [...]