Believers in Action
believers in action to end racism
Opportunities in support of the United Methodist Church Initiative to End Racism
"Who Will Be A Witness: Igniting Activism for God's Justice, Love, and Deliverance
Wednesdays, April 21 through June 16, 12:00pm OR 7:00pm via Zoom.
"Who Will Be a A Witness" offers a vision for communities of faith to organize for deliverance and justice in their neighborhoods, states, and nation as an essential part of living out the call of Jesus. Author, Drew G.I. Hart provides incisive insights into Scripture and history, along with illuminating personal stories, to help us identify how the witness of the church has become mangled by Christendom, white supremacy, and religious nationalism.
Participants are responsible for providing their own copies of the book or digital versions. A chapter a week will be discussed. A short study guide will be sent to each participant in advance. Co-led by Jay Layman and Christina Benson. Sign up here.
Believer's in Action conversation with Dr. Drew Hart around his book, "Changing the Way the Church Views Racism," occurred Sunday, March 14. He was a dynamic speaker and unpacked many ideas in his book, and answered questions raised from the Believer's in Action book study and live participants. If you missed it, or want to share with someone, click the link above.
Believers mission statement
We affirm that all people are made in the image of God and have equal value in God's eyes. We believe our church should be a leader in addressing issues in our society that undermines these Christian principles. We will encourage others to join us in creating a more equitable and just society by listening to, learning about, and loving all our brothers and sisters as Jesus taught us. This is the only way to LIVE LIKE JESUS.
Believers seeks to share where our United Methodist connection currently stands on these issues while confirming our desire to seek more racial and gender equality at CUMC, our local community, and beyond.
To join the conversation at CUMC, contact Sharon Edwards:
resources on inclusion & diversity
- Laity and Clergy grassroots initiative in the Susquehanna Annual Conference (CUMC's regional body): www.susumcnext.org
- UMC Next national organization: www.umcnext.com
- Reconciling Ministries Network of the United Methodist Church: www.rmnetwork.org
- The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2016), Paragraph 4, Article IV of the Constitution, Inclusiveness of the Church - The United Methodist Church is a part of the church universal, which is one Body in Christ. The United Methodist Church acknowledges that all persons are of sacred worth. All persons without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, shall be eligible to attend its worship services, participate in its programs, receive the sacraments, upon baptism be admitted as baptized members, and upon taking vows declaring the Christian faith, become professing members in any local church in the connection. In the United Methodist Church no conference or other organizational unit of the Church shall be structured so as to exclude any member or any constituent body of the Church because of race, color, national origin, status or economic condition.
resources on racism
- Dismantling Racism efforts in Susquehanna Annual Conference (CUMC's regional body): www.susumc.org/endracism
- UMC National organization United Methodists Stand Against Racism: www.umc.org
- The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church (2016), Paragraph 5, Article V of the Constitution, Racial Justice: 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 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.