Cory UMC Receives Grant to Preserve its Heritage, Prepare for the Future

By Brett Hetherington* Cory United Methodist Church (North Coast District) in Cleveland is one of three historically Black congregations in Northeast Ohio – and one of 35 churches in total – receiving a grant to help preserve its rightful place in Civil Rights history. The announcement was made on January 16, the day the nation [...]

Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022; Reaching Across the Racial Divide

By Will Fenton-Jones* It all started with an email: “Dear Betty Kilby Fisher, my name is Phoebe Kilby.” Then a response: “Hello Cousin.” During Perspectives: Black Theologian Day 2022, participants heard the story of Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, authors of the book, Cousins: Connected through Slavery, A Black Woman and a White Woman [...]

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 [...]