We, the people of The United Methodist Church, recognize racism as a sin. With that recognition, we commit to challenging unjust systems of power and access. This page lists some groups you can be a part of and actions you can take with links to resources to help end racism.
Participate in Bridge-Building Conversations the last Wednesday of the month. Next conversation will be on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:00 pm based on the book Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. You can purchase the book here. Facilitated by Amanda McGrath. For questions call Kim Layton 704-815-1913. Participate by accessing the Zoom link and use the passcode meet.
We will take a break in July and gather online again on Wednesday, August 31 at 7:00 pm. Our conversation will be based on WSOC TV's Local News Special Talking About Race: A conversation with 5 Black women. You can view the special here. Facilitated by Dee Foster. For questions call Kim Layton 704-815-1913. Participate by accessing the Zoom link and use the passcode meet.
See our calendar of events to join the Bridge Builders' Fellowship with people from Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist and Matthews UMC that meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm online. This group also hosts 5th Sunday Fellowship events with Mt. Moriah which includes a meal and conversation.
Pastor Chuck Wilson sat down to speak with MUMC member Leaton Harris about the racial issues facing our nation and our town. Watch the first, second and third installments in our "Race Matters: A Journey to Understanding" video series with our very own Pastor Chuck and Leaton Harris:
- As an individual, take the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. "It's all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there's an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice." -Eddie Moore
- Watch the 11th Community Forum on Racial-Bridge Building. This online event hosted on February 16, 2021 by Moriah Missionary Baptist, Matthews Presbyterian, First Baptist Church of Matthews, Cross and Crown Lutheran and Matthews United Methodist featured Bishop William Willmon, professor at Duke University and author of "Who Lynched Willie Earle?" Forum Topic: "The Carolinas' Last Lynching" - The February 1947 lynching of Willie Earle in Pickens, SC and the subsequent trial in Greenville, SC attracted international attention. When an all-white jury exonerated Earle's confessed killers, it was a national scandal that led to the formation of the nations first Civil Rights Commission.
- Watch the "Brothers" video segment below from The Mile Project which features the relationship between Pastor Chuck and Reverend Larry Whitley of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist, one project of many racial-bridge building ventures our churches are focused on together. Silent Images created this series of films featuring people from different backgrounds as they collaborate, listen to each other's perspectives, and confront the hard realities surrounding race. The Mile Project offers a shared space for respectful, honest conversation where we can recognize what is broken, but more importantly, commit to the restoring and rebuilding of a more beautiful community together.
- Watch "Talking About Race: A conversation with 5 Black women" from WSOC-TV to hear powerful stories about what it’s like to be a black woman in America. Kim Holt, church member and Manager of Investigations & Special Projects at WSOC-TV, was the Executive Producer for the segment.
- Watch "Talking About Race: A conversation with 5 Black men" from WSOC-TV, which features our own Leaton Harris in a seven-part series. Kim Holt, church member and Manager of Investigations & Special Projects at WSOC-TV, was instrumental in creating and making the segment possible.
- Utilize our special channel on RightNowMedia.org titled Stand Against Racism to access resources for small group and personal study. Set up a FREE account today.
- Link to United Methodist Suggested Resources for Becoming Anti-Racist
- Link to United Methodists Stand Against Racism, outlining what you can do
Resources for Children, Teens and Parents:
- Link to Anti-Racism Resources for Teens & the Adults that Love Them: Books, Podcasts, Videos and more for Youth
- Link to Books and Resources for Children & Parents compiled by our United Kids Ministry
- The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood professional website provides a resource document with a wealth of resources: Anti-Racism for Parents/Educators of Young Children
Book Recommendations for Adults:
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Embrace by LeRoy Barber
- Roadmap for Reconciliation by Brenda Salter McNeil
- America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis
- Anxious to Talk About It by Carolyn B. Helsel
- The Myth of Equality by Ken Wytsma
- White Picket Fences by Amy Julia Becker
- The Third Option by Miles McPherson
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- Be The Bridge by Latasha Morrison
- Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey
- Holding Up Your Corner by F. Willis Johnson
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
- Cousins by Betty Kilby Baldwin & Phoebe Kilby
- Inherit The Land by Gene Stowe
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo