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The Complex History between Race and Methodism
Each panelists brings expertise and years of experience in the life of the church
There will be time for Questions and Answers
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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Panelist Discussion with
Rev. Dr. Jim Skinner
Dr. Martha Banks
Rev. Dr. Diane Lobody

Faith United invites you to partner with United Methodists and Christians of other denominations around the world in a kingdom movement to help dismantle racism where ever it exists and in whatever forms it exists. Encouraged by the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church, we invite you to engage in the following actions:

  1. Read, watch videos and/or listen to podcasts on the subject of anti-racism as much as you can
  2. Engage in conversations with children, youth and adults about anti-racism
  3. Support peaceful protesting
  4. Commit to a 30-day season of prayer – praying for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 8:46 a.m. and 8:46 p.m. daily.
    • Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is the amount of time the officer held his knee on the neck of George Floyd.
    • Pray for all who suffer from oppression and racism
    • Pray for the church to be connected and to be a witness of God’s redemptive and transformative love

We invite you to share about what you are reading, watching, listening to, learning, discussing, praying and about the ways you are supporting peaceful protests. Please send your sharing to our webmaster, Dane Llewellyn at

Resources for Talking about Race and Racism with Children:

  • The info graphic was created by Children Community School. Click to learn more
  • Christine Hides, UMC Deacon and Christian Educator, shares several helpful resources on her blog, Bless Each One
  • Deep Blue Life: Faith and Culture is designed to teach children about empathy, culture, race, and prejudice. This resource includes three sessions titled “Prejudice and Stereotypes,” “Curiosity and Empathy,” and “Colors and Cultures.” Cokesbury is making this resource available for free at this link
  • Wendy Claire Barrie, author of Faith at Home shares this resource
  • Parent Toolkit shares this article previously published June 2019
  • Sesame Street Racism Town Hall

The East Ohio Conference Black Pastors' Fellowship and the office of Multicultural Vitality have produced a new video series aimed at creating discussion and moving all of us towards racial justice.

In a joint statement promoting the video series Revs. Buie and Lewis said their hope is the project will “bring people to the table to break bread as brothers and sisters to reason together so that we may be one as our Lord Jesus desires us to be."

Unity Challenge poster

The Unity Challenge is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership. Click here to learn more about dismantling racism in stark county. Participants will explore racial equity and social injustice through activities designed to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

A Powerful, Hope-filled and Challenging Message

Bishop Tracy S. Malone – Resident Bishop of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church
June 7, 2020