Resources for Education & Activism

"We are called to step in and carry one another's pack--not to step on or step over.
It is the burden we are all called to carry."

Senior Pastor, Dr. Tom Davis

The power of Christ gives us eyes to see the systems oppressing our neighbors and the strength to take action. RUMC and Chapel Roswell are committed to doing the work to help end racism in our community and beyond. If you would like to serve alongside of us, but are unsure of how to start, we hope you'll find the resources below helpful.

From our Senior Pastor

Watch/listen to messages from our Senior Pastor, Dr. Tom Davis


Devotional & Prayer, Tuesday June 2

Sermon, Sunday June 7

RUMC PROGRAMS

Sunday School Study: White Fragility

Open View, a Sunday School class for adults, is studying "White Fragility" by Robin DiAngelo. This NYT best-seller helps readers understand that racism is not just a practice limited to “bad people,” and digs deep to explore the reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged.

When & Where
Sundays startingJ uly 12 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom

To get more info or join the class, contact Kimberly Janz or Jamie Schuette

Online Book Study

Join a six-week study of Tatum’s book "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria"? Together, we will use the book as an entry point into conversations about race and how to respond as the people of God. Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum helps readers unravel how to talk plainly about racial identities in order to create an open and safe place for communication across racial and ethnic divides.

When & Where
Tuesdays starting July 28 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom

For more info contact Rev. Melissa Kime-Hall

Education Resources

Deconstructing White Privilege

The United Methodist Church & the General Commission on Religion and Race is releasing a video series called Vital Conversations, starting with this one, led by educator and author Dr. Robin DiAngelo. The General Commission on Religion and Race invites United Methodist Christians of goodwill to engage in conversations about race, racial identity and the challenges that come when racial prejudices and bias are combined with institutional power and privilege, typically defined as racism. This video featuring author and eductor Dr. Robin DiAngelo is the first in a series called Vital Conversations.

Download the discussion guide

Crucial Conversations

"We cannot cure what we will not confront."

Pastor Lee Allen Jenkins of Eagles Nest church speaks with Pastor Joe McKechnie about recognizing, naming, and confronting systemic racism as well shared action steps we can take to stand united against injustice.

More about Pastor Lee HERE

Videos & Podcasts

Movies
13th - An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
Just Mercy - World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.
Additional Recommendations HERE

Podcasts
Seeing White Podcast
Code Switch
Pod Save the People
Pod for the Cause

Articles

What Black Lives Matter Means
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
For Our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
How to be an Anti-Racist
First Listen, then Learn
How White Parents can Talk to Kids About Race

Books

Children's books to support conversations on race and racism HERE
Children's books celebrating racial diversity HERE
Booklists for adults HERE and HERE

Ways to Help

Whether you choose to participate or donate, there are countless organizations working to further social justice and eradicate racism locally, regionally, and nationally. You'll find a few below, and a more comprehensive list HERE.

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United Methodist General Council on Race & Religion

GCORR works to realize the possibility of a world where every member of the human family can live, love, and express themselves in freedom and in peace.

Learn More or Donate
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Southern Christian Leadership Conference

SCLC’s focus is to educate youth and adults in the areas of personal responsibility, leadership potential, and community service; to ensure economic justice and civil rights and to eradicate racism wherever it exists.

Learn More or Donate
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Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.

Learn More or Donate
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NAACP

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Learn More or Donate