Equity and Social Justice Committee

Moorestown Sun Article
“Churches practice what they preach with anti-racism efforts”

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Discovery and Discussion Group
RECONSTRUCTION:  America After the Civil War

The First United Methodist Church of Moorestown’s Equity and Social Justice Committee is recommending the viewing of the Henry Louis Gates, Jr. four-episode documentary series “RECONSTRUCTION:  America After the Civil War.”  This series explores the transformative years after the Civil War when the nation struggled to rebuild itself in the face of both profound destruction and revolutionary cultural change.  This period of American history is frequently overlooked, misunderstood and misrepresented in our public school curriculum and history books, and remains a gaping hole in our knowledge of what followed the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. 

The show is available for watching on YouTube at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dS_lYUiYF4.

Our discussion groups will be offered twice a week for two sessions, each session relating to two episodes of the documentary series. Please watch the relevant episodes before attending the discussion group.  We have invited our friends from the Second Baptist Church to join in these discussions as we did for the PBS show “The Black Church.”  Discussion Group sessions will be held via Zoom.

Discussion Group sessions:

  • Episodes 1 and 2:
    Sunday, April 25 and Tuesday April 27, 6:30 – 8:00
  • Episodes 3 and 4:
    Tuesday, May 11 and Sunday, May 16, 6:30 – 8:00.

If you would like to participate in a Discussion Group session for either or both sets of episodes, please select the dates and email your preference to Peggy Koenitzer at paboblenz@comcast.net or Pattie Gritzan at pgritzan2@verizon.net.

Zoom meeting link information will be emailed to you the week before group meetings.

Methodism in Black and White

Rev. Patti Walz offers a presentation entitled, “Methodism in Black and White.” Included are photos of Philadelphia’s Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church and Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and an overview of the difficult history of union and division. The photo below was taken from St George’s balcony that was built with a segregated section for its Black members. Those members left the church, went down the street, and eventually developed the AME church.