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)
New Connections, a small-group at Grace UMC for young adults and parents, invites participants to join them for a new book study/discussion on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. called So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo.
Join the members of New Connections for a most-important conversation as they seek to help lead Grace UMC into a better understanding of racism and toward a more just future.
Jeff and Aimee Barbeau facilitate this group, but please contact Pastor Daniel if you are interested in participating in this new study.
Are you curious about how racist ideas started and were spread? Are you concerned about how the media might play a role in reinforcing racist ideas? Are debates surrounding policing, protesting, and rioting on your mind? Join this senior high youth discussion group as we discuss these topics and more while using the book, STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism, and You as our guide.
Grace UMC’s Commission on Religion and Race Chair, Jill Rye, M.S.Ed, and Gaye Lynn Loufek, Grace Director of Youth Ministries invite all Grace Senior High youth and their interested friends to join in a four (4) week book discussion group.
This group is open to all those who will be attending High School in the fall and those who just graduated in the class of 2020. This will be a four-week Zoom reading/discussion beginning the week of July 13 at 7:30 p.m. (day depending on participant preference).
This is not a book study, but a place for respectful conversation inspired by the book. Having a copy of the book is preferred, and may be found from several on-line sources. Registration will help us ensure a good group size for ample discussion.
Register Now! Contact Gaye Lynn Loufek for more information or if you are in need of a confidential scholarships for purchasing the book.
Opportunities for LearningTalking with Children about Race.
Parenting with Grace and the Commission on Religion and Race will present “Talking With Children About Race” via Zoom Webinar early this fall.
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.
Details coming soon on Facebook and in future Grace Notes.
Opportunities for Action
More Opportunities for Action to Come! Check back later for more details!