The people and churches of the Baltimore-Washington Conference put their faith and love into action in the on-going work of racial justice: the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all. We join together to accomplish this in many ways, including our Racial/Ethnic Ministries and our Racial Justice Team. The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons. The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history and continues to cause painful division and marginalization. In the aftermath of even more police killings of unarmed Black people, compounded by centuries of racism and white supremacy, we cry out for racial justice now.
Statement on the Recent Killings, Police Brutality and Violence Impacting Black and Brown People in America
Ultimately, our collaborative work is to:
- Bring awareness to the problem of racism (understand the problem in order to fix it – understand resources needed (financial and otherwise) to gather data to support remedies/needed change;
- Become educated and educate others on topics related to the causes and effects of racism;
- Gain tools and strategies for racism prevention;
- Elevate and support individuals and communities that have been impacted by racism and the legacy of racism in the Church and world.
“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time