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Resources About Race

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

Children talk about how to overcome evil by embracing love. Video image courtesy of United Methodist Communications.

Advice from Children: Embrace Love

Young United Methodists talk about how we can overcome evil with good. “Stand up for other people.” View

Cynthia Kent, chairperson of the Native American Intl. Caucus, helps lead worship at the Pre-General Conference Briefing in Portland, Ore. Photo by Mike DuBose.

Racial Justice Articles: United Methodist Women

UMW has compiled a list of relevant articles addressing racism and racial justice. Read More

The Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society address the 2016 United Methodist General Conference May 16 in Portland, Ore. Crowe helped present the report on the denomination's Four Areas of Focus for ministry. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

An Open Letter to Jeff Sessions

Board of Church and Society head asks U.S. leaders to reject racism and bigotry and take up the mantle of justice and peace. Read More

Robin DiAngelo hosts a discussion about racism on video by the General Commission on Religion and Race. Image courtesy of GCORR.

Deconstructing White Privilege: A Discussion Guide

Video offers tips to start conversations about the realities of race and racism and how they affect our communities, our congregations, and our faith. View

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A Faithful Witness in Divided Times

See ideas and guidance for administrators, chaplains and campus ministers to engage effectively with campus protests and student efforts around a faithful public witness. More

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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

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

Responding to Children’s Fears

Consoling children following a traumatic event can be overwhelming to the adults caring for them. This article suggests resources for supporting children following a crisis or disaster. Read More

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How to help children after a crisis

Acknowledge children's fears and use these tips to help them to cope in a world that is often very unpredictable and scary. Read More

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5 Ways of Diversifying the Table

How can we model our invitations to the table – both literally and metaphorically – in ways that honor Jesus’ model and hopes for the world? Read 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

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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

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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

Shalom zones offer after-school educational programs, economic community development, advocacy for immigration reform, and work to reduce youth violence. Read More

Helping children cope with violence

Find concrete suggestions for how parents and congregations can help children deal with violent events they hear about in news. Read More

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

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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

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