Other Manual Translations: español

Dismantling Racism: Lent devotions by our bishops

Download journal page

The Council of Bishops invites the people of The United Methodist Church to a season of introspection and self-examination. Together this Lent, we will confess and fast from the sin of racism, discrimination, oppression and exclusion and feast on the beauty and blessing of the diversity of God’s Church.

Each week of Lent and every day of Holy Week, a United Methodist Bishop will offer a short devotion. These times of reflection will challenge and inspire us to follow Jesus through the wilderness, alienation, betrayal and even death. Along the way, we will confront the sin of racism, renew our faith, and remember the promise of Easter—that redemption, reconciliation and liberation is possible.

In 2020, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church vowed to focus intently on dismantling racism in the church and the world. This Lenten devotional series is another step in the journey of repentance, reconciliation and action in which we invite the whole church to participate. 


February 17: Bishop Hope Morgan Ward

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward is the Resident Bishop of the North Carolina Conference.

Download 2/17 journal page


February 24: Bishop LaTrelle Easterling

Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is the episcopal servant and leader of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 2/24 journal page


March 3: Bishop Hee-Soo Jung

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung is resident bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference.

Download 3/3 journal page


March 10: Bishop Karen Oliveto

Bishop Karen Oliveto serves the Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 3/10 journal page


March 17: Bishop Christian Alsted

Bishop Christian Alsted serves as the Resident Bishop of the Nordic and Baltic Episcopal area of the Northern Europe and Eurasia Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 3/17 journal page


March 17: Bishop Rodolfo Juan

Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan is the Resident Bishop of the Davao Area in the Philippine Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 3/24 journal page


Monday of Holy Week, March 29: Bishop Tracy S. Malone

Bishop Tracy S. Malone is the Resident Bishop of the Ohio East Area.

Download 3/29 journal page


Tuesday of Holy Week, March 30: Bishop Julius Trimble

Bishop Julius C. Trimble serves as resident bishop of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 3/30 journal page


Wednesday of Holy Week, March 31: Bishop Mande Muyombo

Bishop Mande Muyombo is the Resident Bishop of the North Katanga Area, which includes North Katanga, Tanganyika and Tanzania conferences in the Congo Central Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Download 3/31 journal page


Maundy Thursday, April 1: Bishop Thomas Bickerton

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton is the Resident Bishop of the New York Area, which includes the New York Conference in the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Download 04/01 journal page


Good Friday, April 2: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey

Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey is the Resident Bishop of the Louisiana Area in the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church.

Download 04/02 journal page