Methodists elect first openly gay African-American bishop

By Peter Smith, The Associated Press The United Methodist Church moved toward becoming more progressive and LGBTQ-affirming during U.S. regional meetings this month that included the election of its second openly gay bishop.  Conservatives say the developments will only accelerate their exit from one of the nation’s largest Protestant denominations. Each of the UMC’s five


Hometown service member re-enlists

Submitted by Brandon Ortiz On November 4th 2022, Senior Chief Petty Officer Brandon Ortiz of Randallstown, MD re-enlisted for another four years in the United States Navy. He was re-enlisted by CDR Shaun Dennis of East Baltimore City. He enlisted in the Navy in January 2008 and is currently stationed at the Commander Naval Surface


Commentary: Justice 40…for the greater good

By Catherine Pugh, Special to the AFRO The passage of national legislation like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Chips and Science Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law call attention to President Biden’s Justice 40 Executive Order.  They raise the question: how aware are state and local governments when