As I was thinking about Black History Month, I recalled some of the history of race relations in Methodism. A brief article in the Encyclopedia Britannica outlines how members who were segregated in seating in St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.
In too many cases, church services and churches remain de facto segregated, which deprives God’s children of fellowship.
You can learn more about the African Methodist Episcopal Church on their web site.
(Note that I write this in self-reflection, as a member of a United Methodist congregation. As it says on some rear-view mirrors, “Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear.” Just so!)
Featured image: Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Smallbones, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons.