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Resources About Race

The United Methodist Church offers tools to guide conversations about racial justice, racism and religion. More

Rev. Sherry Cothran Woosley greets people after the service at West Nashville United Methodist Church. A UMNS photo by Kathleen Barry.

Radical Welcome Defined

This resource offers tips for being a radically welcoming community, especially to those who have been marginalized. View

Name that Feeling resource helps participants become more sensitive to exclusion. Courtesy of Commission on Religion and Race.

Name That Feeling: A Group Exercise

This GCORR resource enables diverse individuals to come together to discuss a time when each felt different with the goal of becoming more sensitive to those who feel excluded. View

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Diversity Training: What We Do Not See

This resource will challenges participants to examine and work through their own biases, misperceptions, and/or assumptions, helping them see what they may not "see." View

About 150 people, including United Methodists, attended a June 19 ecumenical prayer service at St. John’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama, in response to the church shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Photo by Luke Lucas of the Alabama-West Florida Conference.

Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community

This study guide calls The United Methodist Church to engage in honest dialogue and respectful conversation about race, seek justice for all and build the beloved community. More

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Racism: Conversation Toward Action Circles

This resource from the Baltimore-Washington Conference gives guidance for creating spaces of trust in your congregation for talking about racism and for creating a strategy for increasing membership diversity. Read More

Participants at a Feb. 28, 2013 prayer vigil at Chardon United Methodist Church in Ohio found solace in sharing stories and concerns. Photo by John Eltzroth, Chardon United Methodist Church.

Resources for Widen the Circle: A Call to Beloved Community

These resources on racism accompany Widen the Circle, a study guide that helps congregations engage in honest dialogue and respectful conversation about racism and xenophobia. Read More

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Communities of Shalom: Building and Renewing Community Life

Over 130 "shalom zones" have been created that offer ministries such as after-school educational programs, economic community development, advocacy for immigration reform, and work to reduce youth violence. Read More

Cover of a timeline for racial justice, created by United Methodist Women. Courtesy United Methodist Women.

A Racial Justice Timeline

United Methodist Women has, from its beginnings, tried to build a community and social order without racial barriers as this timeline shows. View

Parishioners of predominantly white Foundry United Methodist Church and predominantly black Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington greet each other during a 'service of confession and repentance.' A UMNS photo © Jay Mallin.

Affirm Diversity, Challenge Racism

This resource suggests 25 things your congregation can do to affirm diversity and challenge racism. Read More

A mural promoting peace in three languages, English, Arabic and Hebrew, adorns a wall outside the Mar Elias Educational Institute in Ibillin, Israel. 1999 file photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

“Hate Hurts, Peace Heals” Peace Initiative

Turn your congregation's observance of Peace with Justice Sunday into a month-long focus on peace. Resources include a reading list, lesson plan, discussion guide and worship bulletin. Read More

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Personal Assessment Tool

This self-reflection tool will help you become a more faithful witness against racism and racial injustice in your community and congregation. View

Focus: Race Relations

Find reflections and resources to help your church wrestle with the important topics of race and racism. Read More

Discussion questions: White Privilege

These discussion questions help individuals explore the ways in which they have received unearned advantages based on their race. Read More