HUMC To Address Race and Racism

Racism is incompatible with Christian teaching. Thus, action to live out that conviction in our Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) was one of three major goals that were adopted after the conference reorganized its operations in 2018. Last year, the NIC created an Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF) with the purpose of promoting an ethic of anti-racism throughout the conference. The racial unrest that has recently erupted throughout the nation in response to the killing of George Floyd by policemen in Minneapolis has made the need for the engagement in anti-racism activities a more urgent imperative for us. HUMC is beginning an initiative in pursuit of this goal, with the initial aim of developing a concerned group of members willing to engage in a continuing series of vital conversations on the matter of Race and Racism. You may signal your interest in participating in this activity by sending an e-mail message to Vicki Greene or Lennox Iton.

Here are some resources – videos, films, books – with which we can begin the journey:


The Long Shadow (free online viewing is no longer available)

The curriculum guide accompanying this documentary film will be used for in-person discussions when we escape from the throes of the pandemic. At that time, the film will be shown at HUMC.


“Meaningful Conversations About Race”, featuring Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker

“Deconstructing White Privilege”, featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo

“White Privilege 101”

“How Racism Makes Us Sick”, featuring Dr. David R. Williams (TED Talk) 

“Continued Struggles in Race Relations,” featuring Dr. Phillip Klinkner

“The Difference Between Being “Not Racist” and Being Antiracist”, Ibram X. Kendi (TED Talk) 


Excerpt from a Discourse on the Elements of White Privilege – A Personal Ledger by Peggy McIntosh (1988)

Web Events and Announcements: 

The United Methodist Church has launched an initiative:  “Dismantling Racism: Pressing On To Freedom” 

Bishops' Juneteenth Dismantling Racism Announcement

Recorded (June 24th) Worship Service of Lament, Repentance, Communion, and Commitment

A Statement from the NIC Cabinet

Charter for Racial Justice – United Methodist Women 2017 (updated)



The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo