African American

Church History
Students work in the chemistry laboratory at Wiley College, in Marshall, Texas, one of the 11 historically Black colleges and universities related to The United Methodist Church. The African American Methodist Heritage Center, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, preserves the history of Black Methodists. Photo © United Methodist Commission on Archives and History.

Preserving Black church history

The African American Methodist Heritage Center needs money and attention so it can preserve the history of African American Methodists, its leaders say. Fundraising will be the priority in 2022.
Church Growth
Keith Wilson leads the Anointed Voices choir at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta where Black Methodists for Church Renewal held a worship service during their meeting in 2019. BMCR is among partners in the Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century conference to be held Dec. 1-2 in Houston. File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Inspiration, expertise for Black churches

Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century will offer tips on innovative ministries and better use of technology at its 2021 conference in Houston, which will be a hybrid live and virtual event.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Margret Powell. Photo courtesy of the author

Encountering racism but extending love

Whether in school or the workplace, the Rev. Margret Powell experienced hostility and ridicule as a person of color, but she persevered.
Faith Stories
Jo Ann McClain scatters the ashes of her husband, the Rev. William Bobby McClain, at the base of a newly planted dogwood tree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington. Bobby McClain, a noted civil rights leader and longtime professor at Wesley, died in 2020 at age 82. She is joined by the Revs. Chip Aldridge and Cathy Abbott of Wesley. Photo by Lisa Helfert, courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

McClain’s ashes nourish tree at Wesley Theological Seminary

Wesley Theological Seminary is the final resting place for longtime professor and “Songs of Zion” champion the Rev. William Bobby McClain, following a service of the interment of his ashes.

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