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Dismantling Racism

Dismantling Racism


Dear Friends, We, the North Alabama Conference Leadership Team, are dedicated to leading clergy and churches in addressing racism in ongoing and meaningful ways. We know that this begins with first recognizing our own racial biases and attitudes. We have committed to journey together over the next year as we increase our awareness, build interracial relationships and develop a lifelong commitment to racial justice. We invite you to join us on this journey. In partnership with the Ethnic ...

Adult Discipleship Blog: Racial Relationships within American Methodism


I have been blessed by the opportunity to teach in the Alabama Course of Study School for several years now. The work continues to be rewarding to me, and the students continue to challenge me to grow in every way—mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and theologically. I have adapted a course on the Wesleyan Movement that I teach in an online format; as I write this, the students and I are nearing the end of that course. As part of the class work for the course I asked students to write an essay...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett:  Pivot Forward into the Future


Dear friends, Perhaps some of you saw my recent video that compared two basketball moves: a pivot and a pause. An offensive player pivots away from their opponent to an open space on the court to take a jump shot, make a pass or drive to the basket. This is in contrast to pausing and then suddenly sprinting forward past the defender (also known as a stop and go move). We are in a pivot or pause moment in North Alabama Methodism as it relates to post COVID-19 ministry...

Council of Bishops statement on the Scourge of Racism


The past few weeks have left many hurt, angry and outraged as we have witnessed the deaths of unarmed Black persons at the hands of police and racism; Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and the countless others whose names are known only to mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends. Many bishops have worked to amplify and magnify one another’s voices. The words of Bishop Bruce Ough, resident Bishop of Minneapolis area, were a clarion call to the crisis before us, “There is more ...

A Pastoral Letter to United Methodists of the Southeastern Jurisdiction


Picture: The Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops gathered at the conclusion of the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina   Brothers and Sisters: As president of the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops my heart rejoices over the bold, courageous, and compassionate offering of confession, lament, and call to action by our white brothers and sisters of the SEJ College and the gracious acceptance of this act of truth telling as we journey ...

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