Tag: Social Justice

Mathews, James K. (1913-2010)
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Mathews, James K. (1913-2010)

Bishop with a Passion for Mission United Methodist Bishop James K. Mathews had a lifelong passion for mission and evangelism across his long life of 97 years. The son-in-law of noted evangelist E. Stanley Jones, Mathews traveled the world as a Methodist missionary. He made more than 60 trips to India, 28 to Africa, 16...

Dodge, Ralph Edward
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Dodge, Ralph Edward

Mission Bishop Promoted Indigenous Leaders Ralph E. Dodge was an outspoken advocate for racial justice in Africa and the last white bishop of the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) during that country’s colonial era. Dodge’s 1956 election as a Methodist bishop for central and southern Africa marked the only time that an American Methodist...

Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)
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Welch, Herbert (1862-1969)

Mission Bishop and Founder of Relief Agency Herbert Welch (1862-1969), the longest serving Methodist bishop, played multiple roles of lasting significance in the mission and social history of the church. His accomplishments included: Originator and first executive (1940 to 1948) of what is today the United Methodist Committee on Relief, the disaster response and development...

Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice
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Dorothy Ravenhorst, Peg Tyrrell, and the Charter for Racial Justice

Courageous advocates for racial justice United Methodist Women member Dorothy Ravenhorst was proud when her Virginia Conference Woman’s Society of Christian Service adopted the Charter for Racial Justice in midst of the Civil Rights Movement. “It was during this turbulent time in May 1965 that our conference president, Margaret (Peg) Tyrrell, decided to bring the Charter for Racial Justice forward to...

Wang Liming (1896 ~ 1970)
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Wang Liming (1896 ~ 1970)

WCTU leader and social reformer Wang Liming (also known as Liu-Wang Liming) was the leader of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in China for over thirty years and one of the nation’s leading female social reformers of the Republican period. She was born on the first day of January 1896 in Taihu county of...

Huang Naishang (1844 ~ 1924)
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Huang Naishang (1844 ~ 1924)

Chinese Christian publisher and political reformer Huang was born in 1844 to a poor family in a small town of Minqing County west of Fuzhou in the province of Fujian. His father, Huang Qingbo, was a carpenter who also tilled the land. Huang came into contact with missionaries from the American Methodist Episcopal church in...

Gibson, Otis
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Gibson, Otis

MEC missionary to China and Chinese-Americans In 1854, at the age of 27, Otis Gibson, a graduate of Dickinson College, was appointed a missionary to China, along with Dr. Erastus Wentworth, professor of natural sciences at Dickinson and one of the original sponsors of the Methodist Episcopal Church’s China Mission. Gibson and his wife reached...

Stevens, Thelma
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Stevens, Thelma

Champion of Social Justice Thelma Stevens, 1902-1990, became a mission legend across the 28 years (1940-1968) she served as secretary for Christian social relations of the Woman’s Division of the Board of Missions of The Methodist Church, her years in that office exactly paralleling those of that denomination’s existence from its unification of northern and...

Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]
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Gulfside Assembly [Waveland, Mississippi]

  Historic Center for African-American Mission Gulfside Assembly, Waveland, Mississippi, has a distinguished mission history, beginning as a unique Gulf Coast Methodist retreat for African Americans in the 1920s. It received United Methodist Landmark Heritage status at the 2016 General Conference, though at the time in terms of facilities it had only an open-air prayer...

Jones, Jr., Tracey K.
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Jones, Jr., Tracey K.

Missionary, Executive, Author The Rev. Tracey K. Jones Jr., was among the last Christian missionaries to enter China before the country was closed to outside church personnel in 1950; he would serve as head of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries from 1968 to 1980, and he authored of the most widely used mission...