Dismantling Racism Panel Discussions

July 1, 2020 Dismantling Racism Town Hall featured United Methodist experts. Screenshot of video.

Important Conversations

The General Commission on Religion and Race in partnership with the Council of Bishops, United Methodist Women, the General Board of Church and Society and United Methodist Communications, is hosted a series of panel discussions on dismantling racism. 

Experts came together to talk about the history of racism and what the church can do--both as a body and as individual members--to move toward racial justice. 

Explore these important conversations below.

And be sure to explore the discussion guide for each video so that you can lead a conversation with your Sunday School class, small group, Bible study, or a friend and family gathering. 

July 1, 2020 Dismantling Racism Town Hall featured United Methodist experts. Screenshot of video.
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Historic roots of racism

Watch our first Dismantling Racism Town Hall conversation, which explores the history of racism in the U.S. and The United Methodist Church.

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March for Peace, Jobs and Freedom on the 20th anniversary of the original march in Washington, D.C. 1984. The Rev. James Lawson (center) leads a group from Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Photo by John C. Goodwin, United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
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Seasoned leaders discuss dismantling racism

Four United Methodist civil rights movement leaders answer your questions about their role in confronting racism and the church’s role in this work.

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Worshippers join in a song during an outdoor service entitled "A Call to Prayer for Social Justice, Reconciliation and Healing" at St. John AME Church in Aurora, Ill. File photo by Al Benson.
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Emerging leaders discuss dismantling racism

In our third Town Hall, young leaders discuss their strategies for changing the world and their encouragement for partners in this work.

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Our panel discussion on the theological roots of racism featured several theologians. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.
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Theological roots of racism & colonialism

The Church is called to interpret our current realities, naming where God is present and where humanity is to help bring about the kingdom of God.

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Erin Hawkins and the Rev. Emmanuel Cleaver discuss voter suppression. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.
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Voter Suppression: Dismantling Racism Discussion

We prepare for the upcoming United States presidential election by expanding the conversation around voter suppression and race.

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The UMC held a Dismantling Racism panel discussion on intersectionality. Screenshot of video by United Methodist Communications.
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Intersectionality: Dismantling Racism Panel Discussion

Join us for a conversation on the joy and hope around community and coalition building.

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