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United Methodists Stand Against Racism - Glendale United Methodist Church Nashville

Glendale Hosts Community Anti-Racism Workshop: Ready to continue your anti-racism action? Looking for concrete next steps? Want to dig deeper? SHOW UP to this Anti-Racism Workshop where we will explore how to create a new future for Nashville. We will explore the concept of “race” and how it has been used to oppress, hear from Dr. Rip Patton about the historic Freedom Riders Movement in Nashville and hear from folks who are leading racial justice work in Nashville each and every day. You will leave knowing what next steps you can take to address racial injustice in our community.

 

Racial Justice + Black Lives Matter at Glendale

As United Methodists: 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 the Church and society.

Say Their Names Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd - Glendale United Methodist Church Sign in Nashville TN (Custom)

What can you do?

 

Educate Ourselves

Join hands to journey side by side with those who are different from yourself.

Explore the Black Lives Matter website to learn what this movement is really about.

Read White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Or watch her speak.

A United Methodist Pastor in Ferguson, Missouri, offers helpful tips for talking about race.

Tips for talking to your children about racism.

Seek out + subscribe to blogs, podcasts, news outlets and new relationships with people who are different than you.

 

Take Action

Be intentional on finding opportunities to walk alongside our black + brown siblings.

Take part in protests, rallies and other events that bring about awareness and change for justice.

Grab one of our Black Lives Matter shirts to wear out in the community and inside your church to share this important message.

Join your local NAACP chapter and pay attention to what legislation they are supporting and opposing and join their efforts by calling and writing your legislators. Our current NAACP President is Rev. Keith Caldwell, a United Methodist minister.

Hire people of color.

Support organizations + businesses that support all people.

Patronize black + brown owned businesses.

Work  endlessly for justice.

 

Reflect

Listen for the voice of Jesus in our private acts of prayer + worship. 

The Upper Room has collected resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism.

No justice. No peace: Devotion written in response to George Floyd’s murder.


Check out Pastor Steph’s powerful message addressing the two recent lynchings of our black siblings, an email telling us that our outdoor sign should be changed to say All Lives Matter and how the cry of #ICantBreathe should set all of our hearts on fire to stand up + fight for justice! Take a few minutes today to reflect on our call to act.