Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom
Bishops’ Announcement – Friday, June 19, to coincide with Juneteenth
United Methodist bishops have announced the launch of a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.
Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament
Wednesday, June 24 – 1 pm EDT |12 noon CDT | 11 am MDT | 10 am PDT
United Methodists around the world will gather at UMC.org and on Facebook to pray and lament for the racism in our midst. We will also hear God’s call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all.
United Methodists Stand Against Racism
We recognize racism as a sin.
We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.
We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit, loans, venture capital, and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in the Church and society.
What can you do?
We listen for the voice of Jesus in our private acts of devotion and our public acts of worship.
- The Upper Room has collected resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism.
- Prayers for the Healing of a Nation – Discipleship Ministries
- No justice. No peace: Devotion written in response to George Floyd’s murder
- Turning to God in Days of Trouble is a prayer for difficult days.
We begin our work by joining hands and hearts to journey side by side.
- Read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Or watch her speak. Other titles at Cokesbury.com.
- A United Methodist Pastor in Ferguson, Missouri, offers helpful tips for talking about race.
- The General Commission on Religion and Race offers several video series to encourage discussion.
- Discipleship Ministries offers some great resources.
- We also have some tips for talking to your children about racism.
- Seek diverse blogs, podcasts, news outlets, and new relationships.
We seek to be present at the rally, to the pain of others, and for opportunities to use our voices for change.
- Saturday, June 13: National Day of Prayer for United Methodist Men, 1:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
- Wednesday, June 24, Denominational Worship Service,12 noon CDT
- Wednesday, July 1, Denominational Town Hall, TBD
Jesus calls us not only to speak, but to join in the work of liberating the oppressed.
- Join Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in their work for civil and human rights.
- Connect with United Methodist Women in their work for racial justice.
- Suggested Resources for Becoming Anti-Racist: Discipleship Ministries
- Give to The United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Community Developers Program.
- Work for justice in your church, community, work and school.