Singing the Lord’s song in a foreign time

Over the past few days, I’ve spent time with pastors and laity talking about Christmas. We’ve wrestled with questions: How can Advent/Christmas be celebrated without carols? How do we deal with visitors if…

Rev. Gil Caldwell, civil rights pioneer, dies

The Rev. Gilbert H. Caldwell called himself a “foot soldier” in the U.S. civil rights movement. But many across his beloved United Methodist Church remember him as a general for justice.  He died Sept. 4 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, …


A video sermon by Bishop Peggy Johnson. Script: One of my favorite songs that the Deaf choir at my former church ever performed was “Down by the Riverside.” They did it in sign language of course. ““Gonna lay down my burden, down by the riverside, down by the riverside…”

Lawson: Black Lives Matter a religious movement

As a young man, the Rev. James Lawson was chosen by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to train young civil rights peacemakers to fight racism with love and respect — to step into the fray and say, “I follow Jesus.”

The Power of a Letter

Long ago, an African American teenager from Troy, Alabama, wrote a letter that would help change his life forever. His name was John Robert Lewis and the letter was sent to a pastor by the name of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Young Lewis was inspired…