Human Rights

Faith Stories
Frye Gaillard. Photo by Rachel Smook.

Commentary: Alabama minister ‘never lost himself in the battle’

A friend reflects on a United Methodist pastor whose courage and grace made an indelible impression.
Human Rights
Negotiators for The United Methodist Church have reached a settlement in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy reorganization plan. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

$30 million from United Methodists in BSA bankruptcy

The United Methodist Church has long been a key sponsor of Boy Scout troops, and a settlement negotiated by church leaders commits the denomination to compensating and in other ways supporting victims of Scouting-related sexual abuse.
Human Rights
Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of the East Ohio Conference offers a video welcome to the Do No More Harm website, saying the church “is committed to responding to clergy sexual misconduct in a way that holds all parties accountable and promotes healing.” Malone is president of the Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Screenshot of commission video by UM News.

Guidance for sexual harassment survivors

A new website from the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women is designed to help people navigate the process for addressing sexual misconduct in the church.
Social Concerns
Centennial United Methodist Church, which has made strides with the LGBTQ community and people with developmental disabilities, is in the process of better addressing racism as well. Artwork by Eve Newman, member of the Flames, a group of developmentally disabled people at Centennial United Methodist Church.

Inviting all: Prioritizing inclusivity

Diversity flourishes at Centennial United Methodist Church in Roseville, Minn., where pastor Brian Hacklander says, "we can be doing more and we’re called to do more.”

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