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The #EndRacism campaign was an intentional and coordinated effort by The United Methodist Church to actively engage in the ministry of dismantling racism and promoting racial justice. Image by United Methodist Communications.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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. 


Campaign

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.

Learn more about the campaign

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, Sept. 16

1 p.m. EST | 12 p.m. CST | 11 a.m. MST | 10 a.m. PST
The theological roots of racism and colonialism

The realities of racism in our communities bring about challenging questions: If we are the people who are called to “love our neighbors,” why do we see such racism within our religious communities and structures? Why does racism abound within the United States and across the world? How can we as Christians partner with God to help bring about liberation and the beloved community?

Panels will include Dr. Mai-Anh Le Tran, The Rev. Edgardo Colón-Emeric and Dr. Willie James Jennings.

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Local Events

Get involved!

Around the connection, United Methodists are gathering online and in-person to do the difficult work of dismantling racism.

Find an event to attend or watch the video of one that has already occurred.

Join the September 16, 2020 town hall discussion at noon on the theological roots of racism and colonialism.

Promotional Graphics

Download graphics for the #EndRacism campaign as well as upcoming events.

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March for Peace, Jobs and Freedom on the 20th anniversary of the original march in Washington, D.C. 1984. The Rev. James Lawson (center) leads a group from Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Photo by John C. Goodwin, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.

Racial Justice Resources

Find resources to help facilitate and inform conversations around race in your congregation and ideas for working toward racial justice. 

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Our panel discussion on the theological roots of racism featured several theologians. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.
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Racial Justice

Theological roots of racism & colonialism

The Church is called to interpret our current realities, naming where God is present and where humanity is to help bring about the kingdom of God.

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The General Commission on Religion and Race invites all to join in 30 days of antiiracism activities in September 2020.
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Ways We Grow

30 days of anti-racism

The General Commission on Religion and Race invites all to participate in 30 days of activities that will help us become more anti-racist in the ways we act and think.

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Worshippers join in a song during an outdoor service entitled "A Call to Prayer for Social Justice, Reconciliation and Healing" at St. John AME Church in Aurora, Ill. File photo by Al Benson.
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Racial Justice

Emerging leaders discuss dismantling racism

In our third Town Hall, young leaders discuss their strategies for changing the world and their encouragement for partners in this work.

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United Methodists Stand Against Racism shirts are available for purchase.

Show your support

Display your commitment to the church's work for racial justice.