NIC United Methodists Committing to Anti-Racism Training and Ongoing Work

NIC United Methodists Committing to Anti-Racism Training and Ongoing Work

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Violet Johnicker started this petition to United Methodists of the Northern Illinois Conference

Racism is sin.  The violent acts of racism that killed the beloved Black children of God named Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd have broken God's hearts and ours.  White supremacy continues to destroy the beloved community that we as Christians long for and are called to build.  The many manifestations of racism in the United States have resulted in inequities and discrimination too numerous to name.  To be silent in the face of such injustice is also sin.  With God's help, we can live out our United Methodist mission of transforming the world.

The Anti-racism Task Force of the Northern Illinois Conference, created in 2019 to support the conference in living out the imperative that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching, calls upon all United Methodists in our region to actively participate in the work of anti-racism.  We are grateful to the people of color who have been doing this work for a long time, and we especially call on white people to take responsibility for the work that still must be done.  Because all people are impacted by internalized racism and systemic racism, we invite all people to sign this statement and commit to further learning and action.

By signing this statement, we commit to participating in anti-racism training recommended by the Anti-racism Task Force, such as the Introduction to Systemic Racism training taught by Chicago Regional Organizing for AntiRacism that was attended by the United Methodists pictured above in February of this year.  We further commit to finding ways in each of our churches and communities to publicly and actively work against the sin of racism.  

Scripture tells us that all people are created in God's image.  We as United Methodists are dedicated to creating a world that reflects that truth.  Jesus calls us to love our neighbors, not just with polite words but in our actions, our policies, our budgets, and our communities.  We the undersigned pledge to do everything in our power to uphold our baptismal covenant and renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.  We accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

Clergy are invited to sign using your titles.  All who sign will receive follow up information about trainings and the work of the Anti-racism Task Force.

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