“It is our responsibility as persons of faith, and particularly as followers of Jesus in the Methodist tradition, to address the pervasive pandemic of racism. Racism refuses to see the image of God in every human person, and fails to love others as God does. It divides and diminishes rather than recognizing the beauty of our common humanity in its rich diversity and our shared destiny as a human community. To work against racism is not a tangential “social issue” but is deeply spiritual work, work integral to our walk with Jesus.”
Bishop David Bard, Interim Bishop, Minnesota Conference
The Minnesota Conference Appointive Cabinet has released a statement on racial justice and reconciliation that lists specific commitments and actions members will take to acknowledge the sins of racism and injustice and work to transform our Church, our Conference, our communities, and our world into the “beloved” community.
United Methodists across our state have responded quickly and lovingly to the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. We’ve protested with passion, fed the hungry, bound the injured, comforted the traumatized, coordinated volunteers, and spontaneously donated money and materials.
United Methodists also donated generously to the Just Love Special Appeal. Funds are being distributed in the form of grants that will congregations and organizations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy (crisis counseling, housing stability, food/medicine) and ministries of racial justice (education, advocacy, intervention).
Your donations will be directed to where there is the greatest need in rebuilding our neighborhoods.
This was a six-week series with a new video added each week. Links to the full series are below.
Jesús Purisaca Ruiz, who serves Iglesia Piedra Viva in Minneapolis, talks about how the kingdom of God is justice and we must not be silent when we witness discrimination.
Rev. Dana Neuhauser, a deacon who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, talks about how she’s called to equip congregations to engage in long-term racial justice work and dismantle white supremacy—how it lives in our bodies as well as our institutions and systems.
Rev. Dr. Shawn Moore, who serves Living Spirit UMC in Minneapolis, talks about the skin he's in, the heaviness that our community is experiencing, and how he's called to show up, listen, be the hands and feet of Christ, and work for racial reconciliation.
Rev. Tyler Sit, who serves New City Church in Minneapolis, talks about how we follow Jesus best when we are anti-racist. He calls on United Methodists to make anti-racism part of their faith practice and to attend to it weekly in order to build the kingdom of God.
Rev. Rich Zeck talks about hearing personal accounts of racism from the men of color in his congregation, his firm belief that God is with us, and feeling called to stand in his discomfort as he ministers to neighbors and helps rebuild.
Rev. Frenchye Magee shares how the murder of George Floyd was a seminal moment, what she has seen and learned, and how she's called to help her congregation work for racial justice.
Being a better anti-racist by Rev. Laquaan Malachi (June 17)
Police reform must involve reconciliation by Rev. Dr. Shawn R. Moore (June 11)
'A very long, very loud existential scream' PBS News Hour segment featuring Rev. Frenchye Magee (June 6)
Do not look away! by Rev. Dr. Ronald Bell Jr. (June 4)
Thoughts from the inside and outside by Rev. Dr. Shawn R. Moore (June 4)
Minnesota Conference's Racial Reconciling Movement: The Racial Reconciling Movement is driven by the Minnesota Conference's Commission on Religion and Race (CORR). Find resources and learn how your congregation can get involved.
MN Church and Society Offers racial justice grants: This grant of up to $300 will help members of your church purchase books for a small (or large) group study on racial justice.
General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) Resources: Practical resources and support for those seeking to engage and embrace cultural diversity. These resources are suited for use in a Sunday school class, church small group, and for personal development. Good resources to start with include:
25 Questions from a South Minneapolis Pastor During the George Floyd Uprising: Rev. Tyler Sit of New City Church encourages everyone to think through your response to these questions in your own context and to start having these conversations in your community, "because if this hasn’t happened in your neighborhood already, it certainly can."
Discipleship Ministries Anti-Racism Resources: These resources will help churches address the topics of racism, systemic oppression, violence, and more. They are geared for church leaders, worship planners, and pastors.
Anti-Racism Resources: Includes books, films, podcasts, resources for parents, and organizations to follow.
Talking With Children and Teens about Trauma: Includes surveys to help identify trauma or PTSD in children, teens, and adults; tips on talking about big emotions; and mindfulness tools. The Ministry Lab has compiled this list.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church