Posts by tag: racial reconciliation

News February 20, 2015 posted by

‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing in SC

By Jessica Brodie. South Carolina United Methodists are using the movie “Selma” to build new bridges for racial healing and unity. Churches across the state are seeing the movie en masse or teaming up with other-race congregations to see it, then holding honest and prayerful discussions together about what it means to them, how we view race today and how we can move forward as Christians together.

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‘Selma’ helps build bridge to racial healing in SC
Bishop's Corner January 26, 2015 posted by

What the world needs now

By Bishop Jonathan Holston. Some years ago, Dionne Warwick recorded a popular song written by Hal David and Bert Bacharach, which stated these simple words; namely, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”

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What the world needs now
News November 24, 2014 posted by

Pilgrimage to Racial Reconciliation explores racism, tragedy in Orangeburg Massacre

By the Rev. Amiri Hooker. Have you ever been on a trip, to an event or had an experience that changed your life? When I was in middle school I went to Youth Annual Conference, and the interaction at YAC with youth on fire celebrating the love of Christ moved me toward a life of full-time ministry. In October this year, on the campus of South Carolina State University, I had a similar experience.

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Pilgrimage to Racial Reconciliation explores racism, tragedy in Orangeburg Massacre
News October 27, 2014 posted by

A voice for all

By Jessica Connor. This fall, South Carolina United Methodists begin work on a comprehensive plan designed to give voice to various racial-ethnic groups within the conference.

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A voice for all
News September 25, 2014 posted by

African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges

By Jessica Connor. When the Rev. James Elbert Williams made a pilgrimage in January on the bishop’s trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe, his eyes were opened in a brand-new way. He expected to see some poverty. He expected to see some challenges. But what surprised him was the realization that the challenges he saw there, 8,000 miles away, were the identical challenges facing his African-American brothers and sisters right here in South Carolina.

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African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges
News September 25, 2014 posted by

Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’

By Jessica Connor. When it comes to racism in South Carolina, it’s less a matter of frustration and tension and more a matter of deep pain and sadness—about years upon years of strife, discrimination, disrespect and far worse. So says the Rev. Amiri Hooker, chair of the newly formed S.C. Conference Racial Reconciliation Design Team, whose group has discerned that this pain is the root of most of the racial issues facing South Carolina today, and if we can get to the heart of that pain and seek conversation and understanding, true healing can begin.

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Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’

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