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, foster inclusivity and diversity, and to help continue anti-racism efforts.
The Bridge Builders Fellowship was created to provide opportunities for establishing relationships and fellowship between the congregations of churches in our community. Bridge Builders Fellowship meets monthly to share life experiences and perspectives, with a focus on racial equity and social justice. Meetings have also included discussion of books/videos and community service projects. Participation is open to anyone interested in being a "bridge builder." Annual events include Community Forums in February & August, a community-wide Thanksgiving service, 5th Sunday Fellowship & Meals, Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Worship and Juneteenth Celebration. This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month in The Commons at 7:00 pm. This group occasionally meets at other churches and includes folks from Mount Moriah, Matthews Presbyterian, and Matthews UMC.
Community Forum - Communities Building Community February 20 at 7 pm. Learn how to become part of intentional community! Learn about some of the groups that are already meeting, the work they are doing together, and make new friends. Hosted by Morning Star Lutheran Church 12509 Idlewild Rd Matthews – in the Worship Center. Community Forum Events in Partnership with Matthews Area Churches
5th Sunday Fellowship June 30 & September 29 - Time & Location TBD. Event in partnership with Matthews Area Churches.
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 15th Racial Bridge-Building Community Forum with Katherine Martin, local author of "The Colorful Image of God: A White Christians Guide to Doing Better" and KatherineLearns.com blog.
- 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
Black History Month Resources
Celebrate and Participate in Black History Month February 1-March 1.
2022 theme "Black Resistance: Building Bridges and Navigating Barriers" resources:
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