Justice & Reconciliation
Antiracism Ethics Training is the Clergy Ethics Training for the quadrennium through June 2024, and thus it is mandatory for all clergy in the Western North Carolina Conference. The training will be facilitated by RISE! (Race: an In-depth Spiritual Examination) trainers. Each clergy person is to have a lay leader participate in the training. This inclusion of laity will foster more effective change in congregational culture.
We are offering nine RISE! Workshops in the spring of 2023. One of these workshops will be offered virtually and eight workshops will be in-person.
The 2-day in-person RISE! Workshops will take place from 10am-6pm both days.
The Virtual RISE! Workshop will include self-paced lessons, online small group discussions, and scheduled Zoom meetings spanning approximately 12 days.
To learn more about RISE! Training and to register, click here.
"What Is" Series
As humanity’s understanding and discussion of the concepts of race, racism, and antiracism have evolved over generations, so have the words and phrases we use as we continue the work of obeying God and advancing racial justice.
In this “What Is?” series, the General Commission on Religion and Race offers this compilation of concise definitions, examples, and Biblical/theological foundations to create common vocabulary for Christians as we engage in anti-racism work.
Our hope, as you engage this series, is that the learning equips you to move into deeper waters in anti-racism work in your respective context.
Click here for more information on the "What Is" series and download other anti-racism resources.
Racial Healing and Reconciliation Reference Guide
The Racial Health and Reconciliation Learning Cohort Guide Team has prepared a Reference Guide for Local Churches interested in pursuing racial healing and reconciliation, which includes information from the program, lessons learned from the pilot program, and support resources for moving forward in action.
Click here to download the Guide.
The Justice and Reconciliation Team is one of four ministries that relate to the Vision Alignment Team. This team promotes excellence and fruitfulness in congregational life and ecclesial structures that reflect full diversity, works of justice, and participation by all people. A number of advocacy agencies relate to this work including interreligious concerns, Religion and Race, Commission on the Status and Role of Women, Church and Society, Health and Human Services institutions and the Committees on African American, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic Ministries. This work takes place primarily at the local church level. For more information, please contact the Conference Office 704.535.2260
Creation Care Ministries
Justice & Reconciliation Grants
Learn More about the Justice & Reconciliation Team
Articles from Proclaim Newsletter
MLK, Jr. Commemoration Services
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR)
Creation Care Ministries
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PDF: WNCC Cultural Humility: Planting Seeds for a Lifelong Process
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization
Conference Website for Anti-Racism Resources
Cultural Humility (short video)
Cultural Humility (longer version)
Podcast: Cultural Humility Podcast Introduction
Ismael’s Ruiz-Millan: Cultural Humility Presentation at LEAD UMC
Faith & Leadership Article: Cultural Humanity Can Help Us Become Better Leaders & Better Christians
Christian Century Article: From Cultural Competency to Cultural Humility
Video: Confrontation Between Jorge Ramos and a White Supremacist
Video: Cultural Humility Discussion by Panelists
Justice & Reconciliation Grants
To apply for a J&R grant, click the link below.
Click here to download a grant application.
Racial Healing and the Gospel of Reconciliation: A Workshop on the Ministry of Reconciliation
Register now for opportunities to participate on 11/19/20, 2/18/2021, or 3/16/2021.
- Justice and Reconciliation Team
- About Justice and Reconciliation
- Justice and Reconciliation Mission, Values, Purpose
- Upcoming Events of Interest
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- The Power of Red: Celebrating 60 years of Full Clergy Rights for Women in the UMC
- The Spirit of Pentecost
- The Loathed Samaritan
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- A Welcoming Table- May 1-3
- Why the "WITH" Matters in Ministry with the Poor
- Healing Body, Mind and Spirit at Restoration House
- Common Contributors to Financial Strain
Race Issues and more
- NETworX – Building relationships across class and race
- BMCR-We're Still Here!
- Struggles and Sacrifice at Africa University
- NC Council of Churches Promotes Voter Registration and Access
Environment, Peace and more
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- 2016 MLK, Jr. Celebration Recap
- Finding Community in Strange Places
- Hope for Peace from a Veteran’s Perspective
- Reflections on Policing, Race and Gratitude
- Surprises and Hope from Hiroshima
- Save a Life This Christmas
- Adoption and the Church
- Blessings and Challenges of an Asian Church
- Friends in a Global Setting
- Daybreak Recovery Community of Asheville
- History is Not the Same as Destiny for David Griffin
- My Story- Mark Stinson
- Border Links & Photo Essay
- Casa Azul Crosses Language Borders
- Hispanic/Latino Ministries in the Metro District
- Mision Adonai- Where Good News is Shared in Word and Deed
- Project Salud y Paz
COSROW and more
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- Newly Elected COSROW Convener for WNC Conference
- Where Grace Grows
- Beating the Odds Award Winners
- Just Save One- Petition to Annual Conference
- Disciple Bible Outreach Ministry, of NC Inc.
- What If?
- Towards a Multi-Cultural Church by Rodvegas Ingram
- Towards a Multi-Cultural Church by Pat Merricks
- 8 Questions to Answer before Starting a Cross-Cultural Appointment
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