Saturday would have been Botham Jean’s 27th birthday.
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In August 2017, a few days after the violent events in Charlottesville, Va., I sat down for coffee with my friend Moses. Moses is a black man who grew up in southern Dallas and has faced his share of racism.

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Richie Butler took an unorthodox path to Methodist ministry and revitalizes a historic church. By SAM HODGES United Methodist News Service (Dallas) St. Paul United Methodist Church is 144 years old — and a comeback kid. Even as it’s gained National Register of Historic Places status, this storied but small African-American church in Dallas is…

One of the oldest African-American congregations in Dallas is still breaking new ground. This time, the 141-year-old St. Paul United Methodist Church is turning doubters within its own denomination into born-again believers in its future. On Sunday, St. Paul formally installed its 52nd leader, the Rev. Richie Butler, a dynamic young pastor whose appointment marks…

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