Ending racial/cultural discrimination

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Racism and discrimination continues to threaten our society. The Christian church has a responsibility to stand up for the oppressed, the disenfranchised, and the poor. These adjectives largely describe the experience of people of color in our society; therefore, we need to help eradicate the ways our social and governmental systems perpetuate racism/cultural discrimination.

We also need to look deep within ourselves and be truthful about our own tendencies in this area, seek forgiveness, and move more toward love in our relationships, particularly with those whom we think are not like us.

From the United Methodist Social Principles:

We affirm all persons as equally valuable in the sight of God. We therefore work toward societies in which each person’s value is recognized, maintained, and strengthened. We support the basic rights of all persons to equal access to housing, education, communication, employment, medical care, legal redress for grievances, and physical protection. We deplore acts of hate or violence against groups or persons based on race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, status, economic condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Our respect for the inherent dignity of all persons leads us to call for the recognition, protection, and implementation of the principles of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights so that communities and individuals may claim and enjoy their universal, indivisible, and inalienable rights.

Because of our belief in the dignity and inherit worth of all people, we support opportunities to work toward a more loving and inclusive society.

 Supportive Resources

from the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church

Action Groups