February 16, 2021
UM black church history depicted in PBS documentary
(UM News) — The United Methodist Church has a supporting role in the new PBS documentary “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song,” which airs tonight and tomorrow, Feb. 16-17, at 9 PM. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the host, writer and executive producer, begins and ends the film with a visit to his boyhood church, Waldon UMC in Piedmont, West Virginia.

“The lessons I learned here, the power of faith, the importance of community, have remained with me and sustained me, the same way the Black church has sustained the African American people from the days of slavery to this day,” Gates says as he stands in front of the small, white-frame structure.

The documentary also draws heavily on resources of the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, based at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. More than 50 images used in “The Black Church” come from Archives and History’s vast collection of historic photos. Read story  
CORR urges PA members of Congress to repudiate Trump’s ‘Big Lie’
The Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion & Race (CORR) sent a letter Feb. 10 to selected eight Pennsylvania members of the U.S. Congress regarding the trial of former President Donald Trump for allegedly “inciting a violent, insurrectionist mob to an attack the U.S. Capitol” on Jan. 6. The Senate trial ended with an acquittal on Saturday, Feb. 13.
 
“As a nation, we stand at a dangerous precipice,” the letter begins, referring to the two-day trial. It complains of the legislators’ “support for Mr. Trump's baseless lies about our nation's democratic electoral system and urges them to repudiate and "publicly acknowledge the 'Big Lie' still being promulgated that this was a fraudulent national election." It was sent to U.S.
Representatives: John Joyce, Mike Kelly, Glenn Thompson, Guy Reschenthaler, Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker, Dan Meuser and Fred Kelle.
 
Accusing them of giving damaging “credibility” to Mr. Trump’s false claims that led to the mob attack, the letter, approved by all CORR members, seeks to “promote the healing and unity that our nation so desperately needs.”
 
The letter can be found on CORR’s web page titled: An Advocacy Statement by the Commission on Religion and Race.  Also, here is the Full letter in PDF 
Dismantling Racism II to explore Latinx experience with racism
The Conference’s next Dismantling Racism—Level 2 training event will explore “The Hispanic/Latino (Latinx) Experience—Racism: the Struggle is Real!” All are invited to participate in what should be a fascinating, three-hour webinar on Zoom, on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 AM to noonRegister online now!
 
Sponsored by the Conference’s Healing the Wounds of Racism Core Team, this timely seminar will feature several experts who will offer diverse cultural, social, historical and personal perspectives on the racial experiences of Latinx people and the intersection with their faith and religion. The last Dismantling Racism—Level 2 webinar, held last September, focused on the Asian American experience with racism.
 
The Rev. Irving Cotto, a pastor and co-chairman of the Conference’s Latino Commission, and the Rev. Alicia Julia-Stanley, a pastor who co-chairs the Conference Commission on Religion and Race, will co-host the webinar. Register online now!
 
Invited speakers are: