In our baptismal vows, United Methodists “accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”
As your congregation gathers for worship this Sunday, congregants may be thinking and talking about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Be prepared to offer words of comfort, share details about the denomination’s stance to affirm all persons as equally valuable, and help church members find resources that will empower them to address racial justice issues in your community.
The United Methodist Church is advertising nationally to encourage a unified stand against racism, challenging people to learn how we all can be a force for good. A compilation of articles and denominational statements is available at UMC.org/EmbraceLove. Resources from across the connection are also available, including liturgies, discussion guides, videos to use in worship and on social media, and tips for talking to kids. Explore resources at http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/archives-racism-resources.
Hope Made Real
The Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church