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CHURCH & RACE

What does The United Methodist Church say about racism?

Racism has long been described as America’s “original sin.”

The 2020 killings of three African Americans — George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, who died at the hands of police, and Ahmaud Arbery, chased and shot to death by two individuals — sparked a national outcry against white supremacy and institutional racism, a protest that has now spread globally.

How is the UMC responding?

United Methodist Church leaders and members have joined those voices. The denomination’s Council of Bishops called for every United Methodist “to name the egregious sin of racism and white supremacy and join together to take a stand against the oppression and injustice that is killing persons of color.”

Other voices from across the denomination, from individual bishops and general agencies to students at Africa University in Zimbabwe, have also responded and issued statements.

The United Methodist Church has mounted a denomination-wide campaign, "United Against Racism," that urges its members not only to pray, but to educate themselves and have conversations about the subject, and to work actively for civil and human rights.

Read the full article here.

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?

Pray

We listen for the voice of Jesus in our private acts of devotion and our public acts of worship. 

Connect

We begin our work by joining hands and hearts to journey side by side. 

Show up

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,12 noon CDT
     

Act

Jesus calls us not only to speak, but to join in the work of liberating the oppressed.

Learn more

Find more information and resources on our Racial Justice page

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