July 1, 2020
Attend online UMC town hall on race, today at 1 PM

Leaders of The United Methodist Church invite all to attend a  denominational town hall  discussion on race and racism today, July 1, at 1 PM. Bishops of the UMC and social justice agencies invite all to a Town Hall at  www.UMC.org/EndRacism  July 1, at 1 PM. We’ll explore the true (and often suppressed) racial history of our nation and church.

The upcoming July 4th holiday has many of us in the United States thinking about our nation's history. Many of us are wrestling with how we can most faithfully understand and interpret the realities of this present moment, both for ourselves and for our congregations.

The  Council of Bishops , the  General Commission on Religion and Race , the  General Board of Church and Society  and  United Methodist Women  invite you to join this gathering, where we will take a deep dive into the true (and sometimes suppressed!) history of our nation and church.

From pulpits and pews,  we pray and hope  for a yet-unrealized future where Black lives matter as much to our nation's decision-makers—and to each person of faith—as they do to our almighty God. In the midst of this vital work of reckoning with the present and reimagining the future, we extend to you an invitation to be like  the Sankofa bird : to look back, even as we move forward.

Some questions to be addressed:
  • Are we telling the story of our nation's history from the perspective of the lion or the lamb? How has a culture of white supremacy and settler colonialism distorted our understanding of our shared past? What are the truths we need to learn—and the lies we need to un-learn—about US history?
  • What about our church ancestors? How and when have United Methodists furthered racist national projects and caused real harm? How and when have United Methodists shown up on the side of Jesus, justice and freedom for all peoples?
  • How might a careful look into this past enable us to build a more gospel-grounded future together -- for the church, the country and the broader world?

This one-hour Town Hall will be moderated by General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion & Race Erin Hawkins with expert panelists Rev. Dr. Bobby McClain, Dr. Lisa Dellinger, Rev. Fred Day III, and Dr. Alison Greene to explore the history of the United States and the United Methodist Church, racial (in)justice and where God is calling us to go next.

Learn more  about these panelists and the program.

We hope that this first Town Hall will lay the groundwork for future conversations. The second Town Hall in this series will focus on intersectional activism across the generations, bringing together United Methodist movement elders and emerging leaders, to explore both "old school" and "new school" approaches to organizing for racial justice in church and community. Look for this next Town Hall on a July/August date to be announced. Please join us for the full series!
Erin Hawkins, Moderator
Rev. Fred Day III
Alfred T. Day, beginning in 2014, is the General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History. He is a clergy member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. He also serves as editor of Methodist History.
Rev. Dr. Bobby McClain
Dr. Lisa Dellinger
Alison Greene
View other recorded UMC Dismantling Racism events

  • Bishops' Juneteenth Dismantling Racism Announcement
Bishops launch a multi-level effort to initiate a coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote action to work toward racial justice.    MORE
  • ʽService of Lament’ challenges church on racism 
Review this unflinching, hour-long “Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion and Commitment” recorded June 24, that puts The United Methodist Church on record as committed to a renewed push against racism. United Methodists address racial injustice in the world with repentance and a commitment to actively work to dismantle racism.   MORE
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