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Anti-Racism Resources from United Methodist General Agencies

Articles [back to top]

Bloody July

By Charles Allen Wynder, Jr



Elle: It’s exhausting. How many hashtags will it take for all of America to see Black people as more than their skin color?

 By Rita Omokha


General Commission on Religion and Race: Moving Toward the Pain

By Erin Hawkins


Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Leading in an Age of Political Polarization

By David R. Brubaker


Medium: How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change

By Barack Obama


Psychologytoday: Microaggressions: More Than Just Race

By Derald Wing Sue Ph.D.


The Atlantic: Racism Is Terrible. Blackness Is Not.

 By Imani Perry


The Effects of Racism on Mental Health: How to Cope

 By Dr Karen G. Martínez, MD


The New York Times: Of Course There Are Protests. The State Is Failing Black People

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


The New York Times: So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?

By Brianna Holt

The New York Times: The Burning of Black Wall Street, Revisited

By Brent Staples


The New York Times Magazine: The 1619 Project



The New Yorker: An American Spring of Reckoning

By Jelani Cobb


The New Yorker: The Death of George Floyd, In Context

By Jelani Cobb

The Upper Room: A Different Set of Rules

By Michael W. Waters


The Upper Room: An Affirmation of Faith for Trinity Sunday

By Marilyn E. Thornton


The Upper Room: Here Lies Love

By Osheta Moore


The Upper Room: I'm Tired

By Nathalie Nelson Parker


The Upper Room: White Silence is Inexcusable

By Rev. Sidwell Mokgothu


The Washington Post: You shouldn’t need a Harvard degree to survive birdwatching while black

By Samuel Getachew


UMC Discipleship: Racism Is Not A Black Problem: White Silence is No Longer A Privilege

By Junius B. Dotson


UMC.ORG: Five tips for addressing racism with children


UMC.ORG: Reflections on Afro-Latinidad

By Andres DeArco


UMC.ORG: Silence is Violence

By Rev. Ali Young


UMC.ORG: Talking about race: UM pastor's tips


UMC.ORG: Ways United Methodists can stand against racism



Church Response [back to top]


Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist: United Methodist leaders offer prayer near White House by Erik Alsgaard

Bishop Moore-Koikoi 'It has to be different'

Bishop Easterling statement

Bishop Ough statement supported by Council of Bishops

Bishop Farr Response Need to be Antiracist

General Board of Church and Society: A Charter for Racial Justice in an Interdependent Global Community

General Board of Church and Society: Civil and Human Rights

General Board of Church and Society: Criminal Justice Reform

General Board of Church and Society: Faith and Facts information cards (Criminal Justice Reform)

General Board of Church and Society: Humanizing Criminal Justice

General Board of Church and Society: Opposition to Racial Profiling in the US

General Board of Church and Society: Racism and Economic Injustice

General Board of Church and Society: Statement on the Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

General Board of Church and Society: Stop Criminalizing Communities of Color in the United States

General Board of Church and Society: The Social Community: Rights of Racial and Ethnic Persons

General Board of Church and Society: White Privilege in the United States

General Board of Church and Society: White Privilege- Naming past sins and changing behaviors

General Commission on Religion and Race: Addressing the Murder of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery

Judah Smith (Churchome): My Message to White Church Leaders


National Council of Churches USA: Floyd Murder by Police Officer Is an Outrage


Presbyterian Church USA: Facing Racism


Presbyterian Church USA: Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community


Presbyterian Church USA: Workbook


Religion News Service: A Call to Prayer from The United Methodist Council of Bishops

The Anglican Church: A Letter to Fellow ACNA Clergy

The Episcopal Church: Becoming Beloved Community… where you are


The Episcopal Church: Long-term Commitment to Racial to Racial Healing, Reconciliation and Justice


The Episcopal Church: Telling the Truth, Proclaiming the Dream


The United States Catholic Bishops: Combating Racism

UMC Discipleship: Courageous Conversations About Race


UMC Discipleship: Five Ideas for Stewardship for Churches Seeking to be Actively Anti-racist


UMC Discipleship: Navigating 2 Viruses: Regathering in the Midst of Racism & Pandemic

UMC Discipleship: Sermons on Anti-racism

United Church of Christ: Conversations to End Racism

        Rev. Velda Love - Racial Justice


United Church of Christ: Resources


United Methodist Women: Racial Justice and Mass Incarceration


Podcasts [back to top]


About Race

Code Switch – DACA and the Life of Dreamers

Code Switch – Why Now, White People?

General Board of Church and Society: How to Work for Justice

By Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe

Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw

Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast

New York Times 1619

Pod For The Cause - The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)

Seeing White


Essential Books [back to top]


America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America

By Jim Wallis



By Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt


Constructing Solidarity for a Liberative Ethic: Anti-Racism, Action, and Justice

By T. Day


How to Be an Antiracist 

By Ibram X. Kendi


Race: A Theological Account 1st Edition

By J. Kameron Carter


Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (Resources for Reconciliation)

by Emmanuel Katongole / Chris Rice


So You Want to Talk About Race 

By Ijeoma Oluo


Stamped From the Beginning 

By Ibram X. Kendi


The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality 

By Thomas M. Shapiro


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michelle Alexander


The Strange Career of Jim Crow 

By C. Vann Woodward


Towards the "Other America": Anti-Racist Resources for White People

By Chris Crass


Uprooting Racism 

By Paul Kivel


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism 

By Robin DiAngelo


Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk About Race and How to Do It

By Shelly Tochluk Books about Racism and Injustice


Other Books [back to top]


A Spectacular Secret: Lynching in American Life and Literature 

by Jacqueline Goldsby


All Souls: A Family Story From Southie 

by Michael Patrick MacDonald



by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


An Indigenous People’s History of the United States 

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Between the World and Me 

by Ta-Nehisi Coates


Blues City 

by Ishmael Reed


Citizen: An American Lyric 

by Claudia Rankine


Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism 

by Daisy Hernandez


Coming to America 

by Roger Daniels


Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

by Pamela Newkirk



Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power 

by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy


How Europe Underdeveloped Africa 

by Walter Rodney


How Does It Feel to Be A Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America 

by Moustafa Bayoumi


How The Irish Became White 

by Noel Ignatiev


I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

By Austin Channing Brown


Me and White Supremacy

By Layla F. Saad


Open Veins of Latin America 

by Eduardo Galeano


Race for Profit

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children In A Racially Unjust America 

By Jennifer Harvey


The Color of Law 

By Richard Rothstein


The History of White People

by Nell Irvin Painter


The Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice 

By Fania Davis


The Making of Asian America 

by Erika Lee


Waking Up White

By Debby Irving


When Affirmative Action Was White

By Ira Katznelson


White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son 

by Tim Wise


Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

By David Zucchino


Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black or White 

by Frank Wu


Training Resources [back to top]


AORTA- Anti-Oppression Resource and Training: Dismantling Anti-Black Bias Toolkit


AORTA- Anti-Oppression Resource and Training: Anti-Racism Workshop


AORTA- Anti-Oppression Resource and Training: Cultural Appropriation

General Commission on Religion and Race: Online Course – Implicit Bias: What We Don’t Think We Think          Workbook

General Commission on Religion and Race: Racial Justice Conversation Guide

Government Alliance on Race and Equity: Tools & Resources





The National DEED Project: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and Some Notes for Facilitators


By Peggy McIntosh


The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond: Undoing Racism


Videos [back to top]

“Dismantling White Privilege” with Robin DiAngelo

UMC Bishops united against racism (Bishop Easterling / Bishop Farr)

TED Talk - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Trevor Noah: The Dominos of Racial Injustice

General Commission on Race and Religion: Video Series Vital Conversations

General Commission on Race and Religion: Real Talk Video Series


Ideas and Plans [back to top]


Alternative Church Model: The Good Neighbor Movement

Belong Church: Anti-Racism Action

Community Renewal: Project Unity

The Revolutionary love Project: #NoMoreBystanders: Resources and Trainings

The Revolutionary love Project: #NoMoreBystanders: Resources and Trainings

Two Rivers Church: Anti-Racism Action


Prayer / Devotional [back to top]


Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice

By Osheta Moore

Discipleship Ministries: Prayers for the Healing of a Nation

General Commission on the Status and Role of Women: No justice. No peace

Psalms for the Struggle 

By Martha Spong

Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World

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