All of us remember the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and the racial protests that followed. We are now reeling from the shooting of Jacob Blake. This senseless violence has begun a national conversation on race and systemic inequities that has challenged some of us to look more deeply at racial realities, our own biases and privileges and what the Bible says about justice.
The Mission of the Racial Diversity Team is to understand, acknowledge and confront the racial inequities, ideas and beliefs present in ourselves, our congregation and our society and fulfill our Christian calling to love, care and seek justice for those impacted by inequities.
Join us for our weekly Zoom book discussion meeting Wednesday nights at 6:00 p.m. We are currently discussing, So You Want to Talk About Race. Email Kathy Schluter firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
The four main goals for our Racial Diversity Team are:
1 – Pray: Pray daily for change
2 – Listen and Learn: Develop and implement educational programs, opportunities for dialogue, and activities within our Church that focus on racial diversity and justice
3 – Engage: Facilitate relationships with and between our UMCWFB members and our racially, socially or economically diverse neighbors and communities
4 – Act: Advocate for racial justice
We hope everyone in our congregation will join us in praying for an end to racial injustice and violence and for a healing of racial wounds.
We also invite all those who feel called to ‘listen, learn and engage’ to join in the conversation about race. We believe that conversation should start with hearing from Black thought-leaders – through videos and books – about their experiences.