In recognition of February as Black History Month, United Methodist News Service features two noteworthy commentaries on the national church website, http://www.umc.org.
In "U.S. Churches Still Segregated," the Rev. C. Anthony Hunt, Superintendent of the Baltimore Metropolitan District of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, reflects on "the church and race relations over the past 40 years, and whether it is possible or even desirable for us to strive toward becoming color-blind." He cites the 2001 book, Divided by Faith, by Michael Emerson and Christian Smith, which makes the point that Protestant churches in this country remain the most segregated, "because [they] offer the largest number of churches from which people may choose." But he adds, "Progress can be seen in many areas."
Read the Rev. Hunt's commentary here.
Acacia Salatti (at left), a graduate of the UM-related Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, works as legislative assistant to Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and is lead staffer for the Democratic Faith Working Group. She writes, in "A Place at the Table," that her rise as the granddaughter of sharecroppers is "the embodiment of the American dream." It is her belief of "the impossible becoming possible," she attests, which has "guided my steps as a public servant."
"If my grandmothers could dream and achieve a better world for me," Salatti writes, "then surely we all can do the same for our children and grandchildren.
"In that better world, no one stands and watches while others eat."
Read Acacia Salatti's commentary here.