Tag: Social Justice

Bolioli, Oscar (1934-2017)
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Bolioli, Oscar (1934-2017)

Leader of Uruguayan Methodism Oscar Bolioli presided over the Methodist Church in Uruguay three times: from 1975-1979, 2002-2008 and 2012-2016. Bolioli acquired his theological training at the Evangelical Higher Institute of Theological Studies, an ecumenical institution in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was later ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church of Uruguay. He had...

Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)
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Johnson, Carrie Parks (c1866-1929)

Outstanding Proponent of Human Rights for Women and Persons of all Races Born in Georgia, Carrie Parks Johnson grew up in a family of Methodist ministers and became an outstanding proponent of human rights for women and persons of all races. From 1899 until her death, she was actively engaged in promoting conference work, programs...

May, Felton (1935-2017)
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May, Felton (1935-2017)

Advocate of Holy Boldness Bishop Felton E. May often spoke of the need for “holy boldness” — and his admirers said he lived the phrase. He was a forceful preacher and a force away from the pulpit. “You did not have to ask him to enter the fray,” said James H. Salley, associate vice chancellor...

Bennett, Belle Harris
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Bennett, Belle Harris

Called to Justice “The field is wide, the need is great. God loves us. Let us do the work he has committed to our hands, and let us be much in prayer for wisdom and guidance.”  —Belle Harris Bennett, from an address to the Woman’s Missionary Council, c. 1920 Belle Harris Bennett, born to a...

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...