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Resources for “Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community”

Introduction

“Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community” is a four-session study for your Sunday school class, Bible study or other small group or any group wanting to engage in respectful discussion about racism, seek justice for all and work toward reconciliation among people of all races.

You can find the “Widen the Circle” discussion guide online or download a printable PDF version.

Below you will find all of the resources used in the study. If you are unable to access or download them, please call 615-742-5107 or email interpreter@umcom.org.

Each session is designed to last 45-60 minutes. At the end of the guide are resources to use to extend the sessions.

The General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church produced many of the resources. Among the other producers are the General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Communications, Discipleship Ministries/The Upper Room and the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church.

“Widen the Circle” is part of larger project of United Methodist Communications to promote conversation and action for racial justice. Find more articles and resources at www.umc.org/racism.

Session 1: Recognize Our Brokenness

Use these resources for session of 45-60 minutes.

To expand the session, consider these resources and activities:

Session 2: Love Our Neighbors

Use these resources for session of 45-60 minutes.

To expand the session, consider these resources and activities:

Session 3: Welcome All People

Use these resources for session of 45-60 minutes.

To expand the session, consider these resources and activities:

Session 4: Build the Beloved Community

Use these resources for session of 45-60 minutes.

To expand the session, consider these resources and activities:

Additional Resources

The title, Widen the Circle, is inspired by “Who Is My Mother, Who Is My Brother,” The Faith We Sing (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2000) 2225.