United Against Racism

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.  

April 2021:

Response to the Derek Chauvin Verdict from Bishop Hagiya
“Like most of you, I have been following the Derek Chauvin trial with deep concern and sadness. It seemed very apparent to me that George Floyd did not have to die, and Derek Chauvin needed to be held accountable”….Read full statement

Bishops call for dismantling systematic racism in aftermath of George Floyd verdict
The Council of Bishops stands together with all justice-loving people around the world in prayerfully bearing witness to the jury’s decision that convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Read full statement

Register now for Justice Talks: Our Global Connection
Church & Society from the UMC presents the second installment of “Justice Talks.” Participants will hear from Church and Society staff about our global connection and how we pursue justice around the world. Zoom Meeting: April 28, 4 p.m. View the flyer, Register Here

Bishop Hagiya’s Message to Stop the Hate!
“I have been asked by a number in our annual conference to share a personal reflection on the recent spike in acts of hate and violence against our Asian-American and Pacific Island communities and individuals. I have been reluctant to do so because I don’t want this to seem like I am biased because I happen to be Asian-American, for as your Bishop I represent all of you in a very personal and denominational way. However, because I represent all of you, it seems imperative that I speak out in a direct and prophetic way….” Read Full statement

United Methodist leaders condemn racism against Asians
On March 16, 2021 eight people were killed and one person wounded by a white gunman carrying out attacks on three Atlanta-area spas. Among the deceased were six women of Asian descent. Hate crimes and attacks against Asian-Americans have been on the rise in the United States since the COVID-19 pandemic began, yet these attacks often go overlooked or underreported in the media. United Methodists leaders, including bishops, pastors and general agency leaders, have condemned attacks on persons of Asian descent as part the larger campaign to Dismantle Racism. See their statements

Statement Against Anti-Asian Violence (AALMP)
The Asian American Language Ministry Plan with the General Board of Global Ministries and the National Federation of Asian American United Methodists issued a statement jointly condemning the rise of anti-Asian American violence in the United States of America…Read Full article

  • During Lent 2021: UMC bishops offer Lenten Season Devotions: The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church will be offering a weekly devotion during the Lenten season.  Each Wednesday during Lent and every day during Holy Week, a 15-minute recorded devotion will be released.  The devotions are part of the larger Dismantling Racism Initiative launched by the Council in June of 2020, seeking to cultivate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action for racial justice in the church and world. Click Here for info
  • The Connectional Ministries, Black Lives Matter Worship Service is now available for streaming and/or download here or via the link at
    calpacumc.org

Justice-seeking, righteousness-proclaiming, life-creating God, we open our hearts and minds to you. Send your Holy Spirit to remind us of all you have taught us. Remove the blinders from our eyes. Renew our conviction to do all we can to work with you, alongside our sisters and brothers, in shaping your New Creation. Guide our feet into your ways of justice and peace, and into your vision of shalom. Fill us, use us, Lord, as your emissaries of love and hope. Amen.
Rev. Patricia Farris

Click image to learn what you can do to take a stand against racism.

Photo courtesy of Joyce Landsverk.

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.


PAST EVENTS:

The Rev. James Lawson (center) leads a group from Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Photo by John C. Goodwin, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

UMC.org: Anti-racism town halls scheduled for August

Two new interactive town hall discussions are planned as part of the “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative’s town hall series on anti-racism to explore both old and new approaches to organizing for racial justice in church and community.

August 19 at 10 a.m. PT – In the first of the two discussions, participants will hear from a panel of seasoned leaders.
August 26 at 10 a.m. PT – The second discussion will feature a panel of emerging leaders. Viewers can submit questions on the website.
[UMC.org/EndRacismTownHall] The United Methodist Church [Facebook

Our beloved friend, mentor, and clergy colleague in the California-Pacific Conference, the [Rev. Jim Lawson], will be a panel speaker on Aug. 19.
On July 30, 2020 he spoke at the funeral of Congressman John Lewis.

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The Rev. James Lawson says the Black Lives Matter movement is the most important nonviolent campaign since the civil rights movement. 2016 File photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Lawson – Black Lives Matter a religious movement

By Kathy L. Gilbert
July 23, 2020 | UM News

As a young man, the Rev. James Lawson was chosen by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to train young civil rights peacemakers to fight racism with love and respect — to step into the fray and say, “I follow Jesus.”

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Lawson: Black Lives Matter shows need for change

By Kathy L. Gilbert
Aug. 11, 2016 | CLINTON, Tenn. (UMNS)

A great social awakening that started with the civil rights movement is gaining strength today with the Black Lives Matter movement, said the Rev. James Lawson, a United Methodist pastor who the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”

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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.

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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.

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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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