The bishops of The United Methodist Church call on all United Methodists to act now by using our voices, pens, feet and hearts to end 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.
Faith in Action
The Children & Family Ministry invites all to participate in the June Sunday School service project: Live Out Love.
As people of faith in the church, we are witnessing a critical moment, the collective growing awareness of the sin of racism that exists in our nation. It is vital for us to listen, to study, to pray and reflect, and to respond with words and action.
Visit the Faith in Action page for more information.
United Methodists Set to Unveil “Dismantling Racism” Initiative
June 16, 2020 – Nashville, Tennessee: United Methodist Church leaders will launch a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.
The “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is 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. The church-wide effort will kick off on June 19, 2020, to coincide with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. An announcement from members of the United Methodist Council of Bishops will be broadcast at 11:00 am CT on UMC.org/EndRacism and Facebook.
Participating in the event will be Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Episcopal Area, president of the Council of Bishops and the first Hispanic woman to hold that post, Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi of the Pittsburgh Episcopal Area, Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakotas-Minnesota Episcopal Area, Bishop Gregory Palmer of the Ohio West Episcopal Area, and Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Episcopal Area. READ FULL ARTICLE
Praying for Change: Daily Prayers for Anti-Racism
We are lamenting the violent actions of racism and systemic oppression that has been on display in recent weeks. During these difficult times we need to be immersed in prayer every step along the way.
Discipleship Ministries will be providing daily prayers to help keep us centered on the journey of transformation. Click below if you wish to receive these prayers each day in your email.
United Methodist Bishops: Act now to end racism and white supremacy
June 8, 2020 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the aftermath of police killings of unarmed Black people, the bishops of The United Methodist Church today called on all United Methodists to act now by using their voices, pens, feet and hearts to end racism.
In a statement released by Council of Bishops President Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, the bishops are urging every United Methodist to reclaim their baptismal vows to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.
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Bishop’s statement on the death of George Floyd
May 27, 2020 – Bishop Bruce R. Ough issued the following statement following the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis police after an officer was shown pinning him down while he struggled to breathe.
There is more than one pandemic ravaging Minnesota and our country at this time. In addition to fighting COVID-19, we are besieged by a pandemic of racism, white supremacy, and white on black or brown violence.
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