Racism is a sin, and The United Methodist Church is committed to challenging the unjust power structures that support it and working for equality in all areas of life.
—Adapted from the Book of Discipline, "Social Principles"
Recent killings of unarmed African Americans have re-ignited conversation across the United States about racism and police brutality. The church is responding with a sustained and coordinated effort to actively engage in the ministry of dismantling racism and promoting racial justice.
Working to End Racism
The "Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” initiative is a multi-level effort throughout the church to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice. The churchwide effort kicked off on June 19 to coincide with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S.
As part of the churchwide response, an advertising campaign, #EndRacism, has been created. You may have seen the campaign graphics featured on billboards, social media and websites. We are also providing social media graphics and other items so local churches and annual conferences can coordinate with this effort and speak to recent events in their own communities.