Pastor, Cheverly UMC
W. E. B. DuBois wrote, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line — the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea.” In 2016, DuBois’ insight is still true and relevant. There have been weeks when, almost nightly, we heard news reports of unarmed young brown or black males who were killed under questionable circumstances. Like many people, I cried and wondered “what is going on?” “How many more people are going to die due to senseless violence because of color, fear
Great progress has taken place in the United States of America. We have an African American president. Our children and youth live with a multi-ethnic
United Methodists are called to fully face and dismantle the sin of racism. Much was done through the dismantling of the Central Jurisdiction but remnants of racism still exist. Racism is an issue of the heart not changed by legislation. The love of God helps us overcome “our stuff” to love others of diverse ethnicities and cultures.
Defined as “prejudice plus power,” racism is a reality that affects everyone. No one is immune. If any people are called to address the issues of racism, white privilege
The problem of racism is as serious today, as it has always been. Through the NEJ Call to Action, adopted by the Northeastern Jurisdiction, we have a unique opportunity to make a difference. Everyone — bishops, laity
*Cheverly UMC is a multi-ethnic congregation in the heart of the community with the community in its heart.