Resisting
the Sin of Racism

Addressing racism, privilege and white fragility in The United Methodist Church

Resources to equip, empower and embolden United Methodists to confront racism.

Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves?

I do.

The murder of George Floyd by a white police officer has sparked national protests and important and long-overdue conversations about race, anti-blackness, privilege, and white supremacy. The Church has a role and responsibility to equip, empower, and embolden its members in the difficult work of resisting the sin of racism as it is found in society and within our congregations.

Resources from across the Greater Northwest

Liberating Advent

Churches are invited to use these “Liberating Advent” video resources each week, when advent starts on Nov. 29. The resources include prayers, reflective readings, and reflections from church innovators and planters of color in Portland as part of the Greater Northwest Area Innovation Vitality team.

Regional Resourcing

Greater NW: Resource List • Confronting the Sin of Racism Webinar

The speakers referred to subject areas, writers and resources that are helpful in understanding racial dynamics in the US today. Please consider drawing from these resources for your personal, group or congregational studies.

IV Team: Cultural Self-Awareness Recipe Card

IV Team: Emotional Intelligence Recipe Card

Denominational Resources

ResourceUMC: United Methodists stand against racism graphics

Church & Society: United Methodist Social Principles

Racism, manifested as sin, plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ, inasmuch as it is antithetical to the gospel itself. … We commit as the Church to move beyond symbolic expressions and representative models that do not challenge unjust systems of power and access.

Church & Society: What We Care About – Civil & Human Rights

United Methodist Women: Mission Focus on Racial Justice and Mass Incarceration

United Methodist Initiative

Press Release: ‘Dismantling Racism’ initiative coming for United Methodist Church

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.


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