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Research shows Black churches’ resilience (UM News)

by Barbara Dunlap-Berg
Sept. 7, 2021 | UM News

In June 2021, Gammon Theological Seminary joined with five United Methodist organizations, seeking to hear the voices of Black pastors and leaders who have faithfully led and served God’s people amid the unprecedented COVID-19 global health pandemic.

Gammon is the only predominantly Black United Methodist seminary of the 13 U.S. United Methodist theological schools. The Atlanta-based seminary developed and launched the 20-question survey in June, garnering an overwhelmingly positive completion rate from 619 respondents representing all five of the denomination’s U.S. jurisdictions.

“I was surprised by the number of responses we received so quickly,” said the Rev. Candace M. Lewis. “People wanted to speak and share their experiences.”

Lewis, the newly elected 17th president and dean of Gammon, started her tenure on April 1. She is the first woman elected to this role in the school’s 138-year history.

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