Erin Hawkins on Ferguson: We Need Vital Conversations

The Rev. F. Willis Johnson. Photo courtesy of Akyiah Phillips.  

GCORR General Secretary Erin Hawkins was quoted in an article about the struggles in Ferguson, Mo. In the article, she praised the collaboration among Missouri churches in response to the crisis following the death of Michael Brown and called for increased dialogue among all community members.

The ability for congregations to come together in the response to a crisis “speaks to the need for dialogue at times when there isn’t a heightened event that captures our attention,” she said. “It should not just be up to African Americans and other people of color to start the conversation.”

To read more about the work to rebuild relationships in Ferguson, led by the Rev. F. Willis Johnson of Wellspring United Methodist Church, visit

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