Anti-Racism Resources



As a Church, as a conference, and as individuals, we commit ourselves to the work of anti-racism. Confronting and dismantling systemic racism and white supremacy and cooperating with God to build a more holy, just, equitable, and Beloved community is the work of the whole Church.

On this page you will find responses and resources from the General United Methodist Church and the Western North Carolina Conference, as well as resources for your own individual learning and self-examination, and community engagement to eradicate the sin of racism from our souls and our societies. We hope you will commit, with us, to doing the unending and challenging work towards ending racism.

Read the Extended Cabinet’s full Commitment to Holy Listening and Holy Action.

 
 

 

 

 

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Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

Racial Healing and Reconciliation Learning Cohort

7/13/2021
WNCC Churches are invited to participate in a learning cohort for local church teams doing intentional ministry in racial healing and reconciliation, as well as racial equity and justice ministries.
First Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Junaluska, a time of worship, story-telling, and celebration

First Annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake Junaluska, a time of worship, story-telling, and celebration

7/1/2021
On June 19, 2021, the Smoky Mountain District of The United Methodist Church hosted the first annual Juneteenth worship service and celebration at Lake Junaluska. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Means of Grace: Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.

Means of Grace: Equity and Justice with Rev. Dr. Bill White, Jr.

6/29/2021
Jesse Enniss has a conversation with Rev. Dr. William (Bill) White, Jr to speak about his new role as the Director of Equity and Justice for the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and how lay and clergy leaders can take first steps in moving toward these goals.
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) - Why Membership is Important

6/23/2021
"With everything that's happening in our society and has been happening with the Church structure for year, dating back before the merger of the Church, more than ever ring true the words of Rev. Earnest Smith for not only Black United Methodists, but for ALL United Methodists, "Our Time Under God Is Now." Right now is the time for all of us to really live out the meaning of unity so that the world will know that we are Christians by our love for one another!" Pamela Shoffner shares more about the important work of Black Methodists for Church Renewal and offers an invitation to ALL to join. Associate members (non-Black United Methodists) are also welcome and encouraged to become a part of this work and to journey alongside their Black brothers and sisters to help make the United Methodist Church whole. Learn more today.
Means of Grace: Celebrating Juneteenth in Western North Carolina

Means of Grace: Celebrating Juneteenth in Western North Carolina

6/15/2021
Jesse Enniss and Kim Ingram talk with persons from two different communities who are celebrating Juneteenth for the first time. D’Andre Ash is helping to coordinate the Smoky Mountain District celebration at Lake Junaluska and Lakeysha Medlin and Bruce Handy share the plans for celebrating in Marshville. Learn more about Juneteenth and ways you can celebrate!
AntiRacism Ethics Training

AntiRacism Ethics Training

5/28/2021
This workshop is designed for clergy and laity together. It is essential for each pastor to identify a key lay person to attend it together with him/her as a partner in advancing the work of antiracism.
Racial Unity

Racial Unity

4/29/2021
The Leadership Development Team is taking the lead on intentionally modeling racial unity, racial healing, and racial reconciliation. As a first step toward working in love and unity in the body of Christ, and toward the endeavor of ethnic equality, the Leadership Development Team seeks to ensure that equal opportunities are given, not only within the ministry of the LDT, but in actual leadership placement and practice for ethnic minorities.

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