Pastoring while Black
We Are God's Family: Personal Encounters with Racism
Our personal stories have the power to build awareness and understanding, to bridge divides and bring healing.
UM News is inviting people to share their own personal stories about encounters with racism, as well as hopes and ideas for combating it. This forum is designed to foster dialogue and identify solutions to the problem.
Racism affects every person, regardless of background. It underlies issues such as poverty, hunger, discrimination, mass incarceration, and disparities in education, health care, income, job status and access to resources.
The United Methodist Church condemns racism as a sin and believes all people are of sacred worth. “[A]ll peoples and individuals constitute one human family, rich in diversity,” the church states in its Social Principles.
Commentaries can be up to 900 words long and should be written from a first-person, personal point of view.