United Methodist Church leaders have launched a plan of action to galvanize church members and others to actively stand against racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S.
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 church-wide effort kicked off on June 19, 2020.
"Words are great, words are important – but action is really important," said Bishop Harvey. "Pick up your pen, pick up your voice, pick up your feet, and do something."
United Methodist Communications has launched a national advertising campaign to support the movement on social media and news websites across the U.S., plus digital billboards in both the North and South Georgia Conferences as well as Minneapolis, Houston, and Louisville. The ads direct viewers to a website, UMC.org/EndRacism, where they can find resources to help them learn more and take action. The ads in our Conference are at:
Regional and local worship events and town hall meetings involving community partners will subsequently take place, either online or in keeping with social distancing protocols.
Our denomination has a long-standing history of advocating for justice. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church recognize racism as a sin and commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access. Information and resources are available online at UMC.org/EndRacism.