Juneteenth (June 19) marks the day in 1865 when U.S. federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure all African Americans were freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed. The date is now a federal holiday. Both Discipleship Ministries and the General Commission on Race and Religion have resources to help incorporate Juneteenth into worship.
Be sure to check out these Juneteenth events happening around the Conference:
Several of our United Methodist General Agencies have prepared resources for honoring Juneteenth in corporate and personal worship:
Additionally, Missouri Conference leaders collaborated to create a Juneteenth-inspired playlist to accompany your celebrations and designed Juneteenth art that is available for you to use in your local church. Bishop Farr recorded a short video for local churches to use in worship and events. You can download the video for your purposes.