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UMC offers 2 ‘Dismantling Racism’ town halls in August

Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned as part of the UMC’s new “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative on Wednesday, August 19, at 1 PM. The town hall series of… Read more


During this 4th of July weekend, when we celebrate our country’s independence and freedom, it is a good time to ponder what freedom really means. Freedom is a privilege as well as a responsibility, or it is not freedom at all. One is free to speak but not necessarily to…

More readers are reading about race, especially children

By John W. Coleman More and more people—especially White people—are reading about race and racism. Some popular books—like Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist—are sold out and being back-ordered…. Read more

Racial groups speak out against racist oppression, violence

By John W. Coleman Three racial groups in the Eastern PA Conference have released anti-racism advocacy statements calling for an end to systemic oppression and violence against Black U.S. citizens,… Read more

United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative

United Methodist CommunicationsOffice of Public Information FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 16, 2020 United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of… Read more

NEJ, UMC bishops respond to crisis, pledging to oppose racism

Bishops of both The United Methodist Church and its Northeastern Jurisdiction have issued statements pledging—and calling on United Methodists to pledge—solidarity with others protesting systemic racism and racial violence committed… Read more

Pastoral Letter from the NEJ College of Bishops

A Pledge of Solidarity to Repent of Racism We, the College of Bishops of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church, prayerfully stand with our pastors, members and churches… Read more

Racism in policing dialogue draws nearly 300 on Zoom

“Fight for Floyd: Where do we go from here?” a live video discussion sponsored June 1 by the Eastern PA Conference, drew nearly 300 participants to the event on Zoom to wrestle with the crisis…

Clergy seek racial justice, peace at protest rallies

Eastern PA Conference clergy and laity have joined peaceful marchers in recent rallies for racial justice in Philadelphia and other cities, protesting the brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis,… Read more

An Advocacy Statement by the Commission on Religion and Race

Enough Is Enough! A Call to Address Racism and Racial Violence–As the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Commission on Religion and Race, we stand firmly in support of the joint statement released May 8, 2020…