Speaking Out On Violence Against Asian Americans

It is with great concern that we note the alarming rise in violent attacks directed at our Asian American brothers and sisters. Over the past year, influential voices have persistently attributed responsibility for the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Chinese people. This agitation has resulted in a building sense of grievance and hostility toward those alleged to be at fault. This atmosphere has prompted acts of violent retribution on innocent persons of various Asian ethnic groups by misguided individuals. As persons of the Christian faith, we must call out these acts of racial and ethnic-based aggression, and decry the injustice of the anti-Asian sentiment abroad in the land. We acknowledge the congruence of our pursuit of racial justice and equity for Black Americans with similar aspirations toward other minorities and people of color. As part of the fabric of our nation, they all must be accorded the comity that we expect for ourselves. We must adhere to the commandment to love our neighbor, and live out the conviction that racism and xenophobic bigotry are incompatible with Christian teaching. 

Read the letter from the Asian Americans of the United Methodist Church condemning the rise of anti-Asian violence in the U.S., by clicking here


The extended “Let's Face Race” conversation, conducted in four Adult Sunday School sessions in September/October and three additional sessions in January, culminated with the adoption of a vision statementThe statement declares the commitment of the group of participants to promote racial reconciliation, justice, healing, understanding and forgiveness. The document, “Vision Statement: A Journey Toward Racial Justice and Equity at Hinsdale United Methodist Church,” has been presented to the HUMC Administrative Council, and can be found by clicking here. 

All members and participants are invited to share in the journey toward racial justice. The “Let's Face Race” conversation represented our local church effort to engage the United Methodist Church (UMC) denomination's current initiative on “Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom,” and the UMC Northern Illinois Conference's goal “to live out the conviction that racism is incompatible with Christian teaching."

A compilation of resources on the subject of race and racism is listed below.





Web Events and Announcements:


  • 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: