We Are Called…
…to resist and to fight against the sin of racism in our churches, our communities, and the world. If you want to make a difference but don’t know where to start, the list below contains more than 75 resources for learning and for direct action. Includes resources for parents to help raise children who are anti-racist.
Black Lives Matter
Yes, all people are beloved and worthy. God’s love is for everyone. But because Black lives are disproportionately, systematically, and violently devalued in this country, we specifically say, “Black lives matter.” As followers of Christ, we are called to stand with our siblings in the face of oppression and hatred.
Looking to be an ally? Listen to what Black people are saying. Read anti-racism books or articles. Learn about what is happening. Listen some more. Be humble and not defensive.
Rejecting White Supremacy
“Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People,” by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
“The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Why You Need to Stop Saying ‘All Lives Matter,’” by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle
“The cross can heal and hurt; it can be empowering and liberating but also enslaving and oppressive. There is no one way in which the cross can be interpreted. I offer my reflections because I believe that the cross placed alongside the lynching tree can help us to see Jesus in America in a new light, and thereby empower people who claim to follow him to take a stand against white supremacy and every kind of injustice.”James H. Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Anti-racism in Methodism
Faithfulness to the cause of Christ calls us to hold the tension of the world’s pain within the mandate to love our neighbor as ourselves.Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, New England Conference
We are committed to fighting systemic racism. And our baptismal vows call us to resist evil.The Board of Directors of Discipleship Ministries
United Methodist Women condemns the culture of White supremacy and the racism it nurtures.United Methodist Women
We are being presented with a divine invitation to face the pain points of racial violence and oppression, to see the realities of a denomination still mired in institutional racism reflected in the assault on black and brown personhood, and, finally, to choose once and for all the path of anti-racism in word and deed.Erin Hawkins, General Secretary, General Council on Religion and Race (GCORR)
We recognize racism as a sin. We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.United Methodists Stand Against Racism