Living & Loving Like Jesus
Through Racial Reconciliation

A Prayer for Racial Reconciliation

God of Peace and Justice, Our hearts are hurting as we watch the news, and we struggle to find the right words to pray, as there is so much pain. We pray first and foremost for George Floyd, and for his family. He was your child, and we pray and hope that you hold him in your hand right now. God, as we watch the anger burst forth in the streets around us, we are reminded that Jesus used a whip to turn the tables over in the temple, and at the same time taught his disciples to be peacemakers.  When they came to arrest him in the garden, he told his disciple to put away the sword.  We pray that the violence we see would be replaced by real solutions and changes in both hearts and actions. We pray that somehow we would recognize and change any systems that treat people differently, intentionally or unintentionally, simply because of the color of their skin.  God, because we seek to live and love like Jesus, we pray for Derek Chauvin, and the other officers involved, for they too are your children, no matter what.  We thank you for law enforcement officers who serve and protect us.  Grant them wisdom and discernment to make the difficult decisions they must make each day.  Most of all, God, shows each one of us what we can do so that justice rolls down like water, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. In the name of Jesus the Christ, the prince of peace we pray. Amen.

From the United Methodist Book of Discipline

The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons. The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization. The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large. The United Methodist Church shall work collaboratively with others to address concerns that threaten the cause of racial justice at all times and in all places.      –The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, paragraph 5

Learning Opportunities

Unlearning:
A Course on Racial Justice and the Christian Life

How can we help participate in God’s plan of redemption for all of humanity? Do you find yourself thinking, “I want to speak up, but don’t want to say the wrong thing?” or “I want to help, but don’t know how.”  Join Rev. Michelle Manuel as we commit to learning and unlearning. All are invited into this brave and safe space in which to explore issues of Race Relations in America. Participants can expect to be fully welcomed, loved, and challenged. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you after registering. Led by Rev. Michelle Manuel.

This class is currently full. Check back for future dates for this course!

Racism & Privilege: Having Honest Conversations with Our Children 

St. Luke’s Parenting Center presents a panel discussion on Racism and Privilege for families.

Racial Reconciliation Resources

Group Curriculum

Disunity in Christ, by Dr. Christina Cleveland

Be the Bridge, Latasha Morrison

Books for Adults

White Awake, by Daniel Hill

Roadmap to Reconciliation 2.0, by Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

Same Heart, by Chris Helene Bridge

Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith

Books for Littles

ColorFull, by Dorena Williamson

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes,
by Mem Fox

Whoever You Are, by MemFox

We’re Different, We’re The Same,
by Bobbi Kates

Books for Children

The Colors of Us
by Karen Katz

One Big Heart: A celebration of being more alike than different
by Linsey Davis with Beverly Davis

Saturday
by Oge Mora

Children of God Storybook Bible
by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Books for Students

United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity,
by Trillia J. Newbell

United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation As an Answer to the Problem of Race
by Curtiss Paul DeYoung, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by
Austin Channing Brown