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Responding to Racism in the Church during COVID – Resources

There has been intense discussion this summer about racial/ethnic bias in police practices, including discussions in city councils and county government. However, there has been less attention to structural racism in the church. While systemic racism is best addressed with intense face-to-face dialog, here are a few resources to begin the conversation in the context of COVID.

  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

  Mennonite Church USA

  Moravian Church

  National Council of Churches

  • Anti-Racism Resources a collection of anti-racism resources from 14 NCC member communions and partners.

  United Church of Christ

  United Methodist Church

    The United Methodist Church has organized several events this summer on the general theme of dismantling racism – recordings of past events are posted for viewing, and the Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 events can be viewed without pre-registration and will be recorded as well. While these meetings are intended for Methodists, much of the conversation should be relevant across denominational lines.

  • Town Hall: Seasoned leaders discuss dismantling racismAug. 19, 2020 (Wed., 1:00pm)
  • Town Hall: Emerging leaders discuss dismantling racismAug. 26, 2020 (Wed., 1:00pm)
    August 19: Four leaders in the civil rights and anti-racism movements discuss their experiences in confronting racism. They name the parallels and distinctions between their historical work and how today’s anti-racism and anti-oppression movements are different, as well as their insights about the church’s role in this work.
    August 26: A panel of younger leaders will discuss their strategies for changing the world and their encouragement for partners in this work. They will respond to your questions about their vision for how to take action.
    For details, including speaker biographys, see this announcement.
    The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook (and recording posted later) at www.facebook.com/unitedmethodistchurch.
  • Three videos, with resources and questions:
    • Part 1: Whiteness 101 (1:32:43)
    • Part 2: White Fragility, White Supremacy (1:37:41)
    • Part 3: Blackness 101 (1:35:50)
  • Dismantling Racism:Town Hall (July 1, 2020; 1:23:45)

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