UNITED METHODISTS STAND AGAINST RACISM
October 7, 1:00 p.m. Denominational Panel Discussion: Voter Suppression
October 28, 1:00 p.m. Denominational Panel Discussion: Intersectionality
November 18, 1:00 p.m. Denominational Panel Discussion: The Doctrine of Discovery
December 9, 1:00 p.m. Denominational Panel Discussion: Systemic Racism in UMC
We recognize that racism and injustice are deeply embedded and vexing issues within our Church and our communities. We will take action, we will learn together, and we will continue to press forward in transforming our Church, our communities, and our world into the “beloved community.” How can we be silent and stand by when those whom Christ loves are killed by those who are supposed to serve and protect them? How can we further empower our clergy and members to “accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?” Will we be among those who recognize Christ saying, “I can’t breathe” (Matthew 25:31-46)? We do not have all of the answers but we commit to take these next steps together. - from the Anti-Racism Commitment signed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone & the Extended Cabinet
Read the full Anti-Racism Commitment signed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone & the Extended Cabinet
Read the Covenant to Resist Racism signed by EOC Laity and Clergy
Read about the 2020 EOC Peace With Justice Walk
Virtual Multi-Week Study Offered: Starting a Journey of Reconciliation
The East Ohio Multicultural Vitality office and the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) invite you to participate in the multi-week study Starting a Journey of Reconciliation. This interactive virtual study seeks to enlighten and empower participants toward reconciliation and restorative justice as united people of God that we might grow into a healthy, wholesome beloved community.
This study will examine United Methodist and Christian tenets on racial justice; consider disparities and injustices in such areas as healthcare, education, and criminalization examined by respected authorities. It will enlighten and seek to empower participants to see and seek the envisioned beloved community and will invite participants to reflect and be part of weekly conversations via Facebook and Zoom to explore racism’s impact in our own communities. All conversations begin at 7:00 p.m.
30 Days of Anti-Racism
Campus minister Morgan Stafford has committed himself to live an anti-racist faith and life. “As a white man, I have learned that I’ve benefitted from racism, while people of color have been harmed. I believe that white Christians must take the lead to confront and dismantle racism. It’s our job.”
To focus and make tangible his beliefs, Morgan spent the month of June doing at least one thing every day to listen to, learn from, do, and become more anti-racist, reporting his progress via social media. We at GCORR liked the idea and reached out to Morgan to share his story, what he accomplished, and how it’s changed and enhanced his spiritual growth and his work with young people.
As a result, GCORR invites white allies (and others) to spend the month of September doing #30DaysAntiRacism. Please post photos of your activities using #30DaysAntiRacism and encourage your friends, members of your congregation, Sunday school class, pastors, and community partners to join this 30 day.
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