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. 


The documentary film, The Long Shadow, was shown at HUMC on Rally Day as part of HUMC's efforts to address the subject of race and racism, and to promote a continuing vital conversation on the topic. Our vital conversation will continue via ZOOM in the next three weeks, guided by the study curriculum that has been developed to accompany the film. These ZOOM meetings are scheduled for September 20, 27, and October 4 at 7:00 p.m. each week, and are open to all persons. It is still possible to participate in this ZOOM discussion by notifying either Vicki Greene (630-234-8456 or paulgreene@att.net) or Lennox Iton (630-852-9011 or itonpere@comcast.net). Notification is necessary so that the link for joining the meeting can be communicated to you. If you have not yet viewed The Long Shadow, you can still view it online. This vital conversation is called for in the United Methodist Church denomination's initiative on “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom”, and in the Northern Illinois Conference's goal of “living out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching”. Help us to build the beloved community of persons committed to justice and equity that our faith commands.


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


Resolutions:


Films

  • 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.


Videos


Articles:


Web Events and Announcements:


Books

  • 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   
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, Isabel Wilkerson


Radio Interview:

Interview by Terry Gross of Isabel Wilkerson, author of “Caste: The Origin of Our Discontent”