The Eastern PA Conference Commission on Religion and Race strives to further the UMC General Commission’s mission and vision in our region and context. We see the creation of learning opportunities, the dissemination of resources and the communication of continued dialogues, trainings and workshops, sponsored by other entities throughout the conference, as the scope of our work.
By taking an intentional look at implicit bias, learning what it is and the ways it works in our brains and in our actions, we can question perceptions and break down the barriers to reaching full inclusion, diversity, equity, and community.
We invite pastors, teachers, and anyone who is interested in learning and teaching others about implicit bias to take this course.
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 Renunciation of Sin” is a fundamental promise in The United Methodist Church’s covenant of baptism and membership vows.
Stoking racist fears and slandering sisters and brothers of color are indeed evil sins that we are called to resist. Are we, as a nation, not better than this? Are we, who profess to be disciples of Jesus Christ and followers of his teachings, not better than this? And should we not demand more civility and fair-minded integrity of our elected leaders—especially of one whose responsibility is to represent the cherished values of our nation on behalf of all Americans?
It is dishonest, hypocritical and repugnant to claim that four racial-ethnic women who were elected to represent their diverse constituents in Congress “hate America” and are “incapable of loving America,” merely because they criticize administration policies, priorities and actions. Such a claim is itself un-American.
A statement presented to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 13, 2016, Lancaster PA
Southwest District Voices for Racial Justice
Lay and clergy members meet regularly in various district churches to engage in guided interracial dialogue and discovery about race, racism, racial justice and race relations. Open to all, including people of other districts. Come join us! For more information or to kindly let us know you’re coming, please contact the Rev. Jason Perkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 333-9238.
UM Church of the Open Door Conversations on Race
(210 S. Broad St, Kennett Square, PA) participates in and often hosts periodic Conversations on Race in the Kennett Square Area, sponsored by its I.S.M.S. (Inclusive Social Ministry for Solidarity) ministry. Some of those conversations involve reactions to TED Talks on topics of race and culture. These are opportunities for people to gather and develop relationships of trust, have conversations about topics that matter, and seek means of changing ‘what is’ to ‘what should be’. Locations may vary. Visit the I.S.M.S. webpage or the I.S.M.S Facebook page.