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African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges

By Jessica Connor. When the Rev. James Elbert Williams made a pilgrimage in January on the bishop’s trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe, his eyes were opened in a brand-new way. He expected to see some poverty. He expected to see some challenges. But what surprised him was the realization that the challenges he saw there, 8,000 miles away, were the identical challenges facing his African-American brothers and sisters right here in South Carolina.

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African-American Task Force brings new awareness to UMC’s struggles, challenges
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Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’

By Jessica Connor. When it comes to racism in South Carolina, it’s less a matter of frustration and tension and more a matter of deep pain and sadness—about years upon years of strife, discrimination, disrespect and far worse. So says the Rev. Amiri Hooker, chair of the newly formed S.C. Conference Racial Reconciliation Design Team, whose group has discerned that this pain is the root of most of the racial issues facing South Carolina today, and if we can get to the heart of that pain and seek conversation and understanding, true healing can begin.

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Racial reconciliation team plans ‘healing pilgrimages’

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