Racial Equity

"For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." -1 Corinthians 12:13

We are called to help build a community where systematic fair treatment of all people results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone and where race does not determine one's socioeconomic status, access to resources and opportunities or power and voice in the decisions that impact the ability to thrive.

 

How can we become effective allies in the fight for racial equality?

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Become Informed:

We cannot be allies if we do not acknowledge that systemic racism exists.  Unfortunately, our tendency is to deny its existence because we lack an understanding of its historical causes and effects, this information having long been left out of educational curricula.  Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to educate ourselves and then weigh our findings against what we believe to be our calling in Christ. Below are some suggestions and resources you may consider as you seek to understand.

 

• Be introspective, prayerfully examining the United Methodist stance on social issues and your own beliefs and habits. Becoming a strong ally in a social justice movement requires ongoing self-reflection, learning, and openness to growth.

• Take a Just Faith class or other book or Bible study on issues of race

• Explore resources on the causes and effects of systemic racism

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