Resources on Race for the People of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church
From The Bishop's Blog [June 5]
To the Laity and Clergy of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church,
The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor have elicited lament and anger, protest and soul-searching, sadness and grief, all of it justifiable. It is also important that we place our responses in a more extended recent historical context. In the language of my colleague, Bishop Gregory Palmer, it is essential that we move beyond crisis and catharsis. We cannot be disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world apart from a deeper engagement with the present moment.
The Florida Conference is on a journey in response to racism which is extended over decades. The Florida Conference continues to reckon with our own institutional racism. Much needed reflection and action awaits our engagement.
We wanted you to know of these resources. Some are examples of sermons in local churches, some public statements after acts of violence. Some represent the work of groups, others are the reflections of individuals. Some of the documents record annual conference actions related to Black Lives Matter and Mass Incarceration. Some of the resources point to the work of our connectional church.
We have included a brief collection of books, which can help a disciple of Jesus Christ to become more acquainted with the history and implications of racism. While this is not a comprehensive account of how the church has spoken and is speaking, it is a beginning.
SEE THE BISHOP'S RESOURCE LIST HERE: Resources on Race for the People of God
Please join us in this journey.
The Peace of the Lord,
The United Methodist Church