Week 2 – December 6 – Liberty and Justice for All?
Reflector: Taken from the United Methodist Bishops’ Launch of Dismantling Racism
On June 19th of this year the bishops of the United Methodist Church launched a new mission initiative – Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom. This initiative was launched in response to the killing of George Floyd and other acts of violence across the United States, and the ensuing wave of protests. Dismantling Racism is to be an intentional, spiritually-guided journey with various United Methodist agencies providing resources. It is a multilevel effort to initiate a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.
United Methodists Stand Against Racism
– We recognize racism as a sin.
– We commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access.
– We will work for equal and equitable opportunities in employment and promotion, education and training; in voting, access to public accommodations, and housing; to credit loans, venture capital and insurance; to positions of leadership and power in all elements of our life together; and to full participation in Church and Society.
Prayer: We pray for a movement that will keep the issue in front of us, not allowing us to be complicit but instead responsible, a movement that will set the stage for the church to fully incorporate our understanding of God, our theology, with our deep and unwavering love for neighbor, and our actions into a sea change of our culture that will go from the pulpit into the pews and into the world, not just with a cry of “enough is enough” but with a pathway to transform the world forever. Amen.