Pictured at Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church are Senior Pastor Rev. Eric W. Carr, Jr., (far left front row in red shirt) and the Rev. David W. Brown, Deacon (center in gray “Batman” shirt) as they strike a superhero pose with neighborhood children with whom they work in their community ministry there.
Study reveals burdens of Phila. nonprofits with black leadership

The Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) recently published a comparative research study on the uniquely critical role African American-led nonprofit service agencies play and the challenges they face in serving African American communities. The Rev. David W. Brown, a …

Phila. African-American Leadership Forum
Resources for nonprofits serving black communities

A matter of black and white? By the Rev. David W. Brown* Recently I was honored to have led an effort by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) — a network of African American leaders committed to improving the …

Harriet Tubman’s Methodist & PA connections
Harriet Tubman’s Methodist & PA connections

The U.S. Treasury Department announced April 20 that Harriet Tubman—known as the Moses of her people—will replace President Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 bill. Many American schoolchildren know of Tubman as the African-American abolitionist who led thousands …

Participating in First UMC Germantown's Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative worship celebration, Jan. 17, were (from left) the Rev. Robert Coombe, pastor, the Rev. F. Willis Johnson, guest preacher, and Bishop Peggy Johnson.
Church leaders talk about race and racism

Churches and groups are continuing to talk about race and racism in the church and society, grappling with an existential problem that may never be fully solved but nonetheless demands our forthright attention. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday …

Changing Racism I Class, Fall 2015.
Race Matters: Seeking to bridge the divide

White privilege, inter-cultural, micro-aggressions, unconscious bias, cultural competency, racial equity… While “prejudice,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness” may be familiar terms to many, these more in-depth concepts are becoming known by an increasing number of Eastern PA Conference members, as they engage …