The reCall Summit
Race often defines our multi-cultural church and world. The reCall Summit on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26-27, 2018 was a time that both encouraged and challenged leaders. Read more about it here and mark your calendars for the next Summit: October 18-19, 2019.
At the reCall Summit we collected more than 30 questions from participants and we used major themes from them for Marvin McMickle and Jim Wallis to answer. There were a few questions which we didn’t address in the room but that we would like to provide answers for:
Can we really change if we meet once a year as opposed to sustained learning and education?
The reCall Summit seeks to inspire and equip people to dismantle racism in our churches and communities. We understand that change happens by putting learning into action and by offering a variety of ways for people to engage along their journey in between summits. We are in the process of embedding cross-cultural proficiency into the fabric of the BWC, providing intentional assessment and training for cross-cultural appointments, and making a variety of experiences to learn and reflect available which include and are not limited to the reCall Summit, immersion trips, Beloved Community Hubs and online resources for use in congregational and community settings. If you haven't done so already, please covenant with us to do your part to dismantle racism. If you have already submitted a covenant, you should have received an email on October 26 or 28 asking for a status report.
How will the conference support pastors who courageously preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it relates to systemic racism and then lose parishioners/apportionment in the process?
Bishop Easterling has been very clear about her support of courageous preaching paired with action as long as it is rooted in the Good News, guided by the Holy Spirit, non-partisan, and aligned with our Social Principles. Listen to her sermons as an example.
When clergy and their families are targeted by hate groups, how does the conference support them?
Conference Staff, working through the office of the District Superintendent and our Advocacy and Action Network, support clergy and their families who are targeted by hate groups as these cases are made known to us by:
- Working with clergy, their families, staff, other impacted persons and local law enforcement agencies to determine the most appropriate mode to assure personal , congregational and communal safety of targeted persons.
- Engaging and remaining in conversation as appropriate with clergy and local and state organizations and agencies to determine the services needed (i.e Wespath – counseling, physical support, work with SPRC teams, etc.)
- Providing resources for congregations to renounce hateful acts and ideologies, i.e. statements, bible studies, other resources deemed appropriate as outlined and adopted at General Conference in 2008: Resisting Hate, Fear, and Scapegoating; and Transforming the Context of Hate in the United States
The annual reCall Summit was created in 2017 as an outgrowth of the Call to Action on Racial Justice, issued by the Northeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church. It asks all churches to create systemic and fundamental change in the arenas of race. The Summit is a vital, transformative piece of how the people of the Baltimore-Washington Conference are answering this call.