Commission on Religion and Race
Responding to Current Events and Our Call to End Racism
Grace United Methodist Church’s Commission on Religion and Race believes in Equity for ALL people. We acknowledge the harm, anger, and pain being felt across the country and around the world in connection with racial profiling and police brutality, up to and including the harassment and killings of unarmed Black persons and other people of color. This weakens the body of Christ and is not acceptable.
We denounce racism in any form and regret our complicity as the church. We decisively affirm and protect Black lives in all areas of our work, including legislative change in policies and practices beyond and including policing.
We acknowledge the frustration and anger that exists in our church family, our community and in our country in response to these injustices.
We recognize our own need for learning and growth at Grace United Methodist Church, and acknowledge this will be a difficult and ongoing process.
We will work toward ridding our community of inequities associated with race, gender, language, socioeconomic status, and other forms of marginalization.
The value and advancement of marginalized people of color is at the center of our vision. To those suffering or otherwise impacted by racism, prejudice, implicit bias, microaggressions and privilege--we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. We believe the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Galatia stand true today, “ There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Opportunities for Discussion
More details to come!
Parenting with Grace and the Commission on Religion and Race will present “Talking With Children About Race” via Zoom Webinar with Jill Rye, MSEd in Early Childhood Education and Lindsey Wade, LCP on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m.
According to a 2019 study between the Sesame Workshop and the University of Chicago, only 10 percent of parents discuss race often with their children. Using books, music, art, and conversation starters, this webinar will help families overcome the challenges of talking with children about race.
Challenges include: fears of introducing racial bias or creating racist children, concern that children are too young, uncertainty of how to organically introduce the topic, and worries about how to respect the child’s own racial identity. Participants will learn how to start these conversations with their child/children at any age.
Register Now! Contact Stefanie Abderhalden with questions or for more information.
Join the Commission on Religion and Race this September for 30 days of anti-racism.
Each day we will engage in an activity that helps us to become more anti-racist in the ways we think
and act. Share your progress with a picture or a reflection using #30DaysAntiRacism.
Click here for the 30 Days of Anitracism Calendar and Resources.