A Statement to the churches and people of the Central Texas Conference
From the Central Texas Conference Inclusiveness Umbrella Team
The senseless death of George Floyd was horrific and highlights in everyone’s consciousness that racism is not a thing of the past. His death, and the consequent protests speak to the unfortunate truth that the sin of racism is still a very present and active reality in our society. It is unfortunate (unfathomable even) when we sometimes see it manifest in bigotry and hatred on an individual level. However, even more tragically, we must recognize and acknowledge that it still operates on a systemic and institutional level in our world today.
The Central Texas Conference joins Bishop Mike Lowry and United Methodists all over the world in condemning both the action and the system that led to George Floyd’s death. We too acknowledge that Mr. Floyd’s death is only one in a long line of tragic deaths made possible by systems infected with racism.
The level of rightful outrage over this incident has not been seen in our country since the American civil rights movement of the 1960s. Now, as then, many people want to see things change. Although some changes came about as a result of the civil rights movement, and additional progress has been made since, George Floyd’s death reminds us that more change must come. The Inclusiveness Umbrella Team is committed to be part of that change and invites/urges our faith community to join us in that effort.
While the scope of the problem of racism is so grand that it overwhelms us, there are things we can do. We offer the following few suggestions in the spirit of humility, understanding fully that if God does not help us with this, we are lost. However, we are confident and grateful that God will help in this endeavor, so we move forward with enthusiasm and hope!
May God bless, keep, guide and direct you this day and every day,
The Central Texas Conference Inclusiveness Umbrella Team
Be a part of the connection-wide observance Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament, at Noon, this Wednesday. United Methodists from around the world will gather to lament for the racism in our midst, reflect on Psalm 22, have a time of communion and hear God’s call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all. Visit UMC.org/EndRacism to participate and/or learn more. + Add to Your Calendar
United Methodists from around the world will gather to lament for the racism in our midst. We will also reflect on Psalm 22, have a time of communion and hear God’s call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all.
“Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” is a multi-level initiative throughout the church to implement a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.
Establish an Anti-Racism Task Force in your Local Congregation
Preach against Racism
Pursuing God's Heart for Racial Reconciliation, by Latasha Morrison
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing-Brown
by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness, by Michelle Alexander
White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo
No Justice, No Mercy, by Rev. Brooks Harrington
So You Want To Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
General Commission on Religion and Race (official UMC website)
Up From Slavery (7 part documentary)