Angered and deeply troubled by the killings of unarmed black individuals, the Asian American Language Ministry Plan, the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists and the General Board of Church and Society launched a six part webinar series this past summer called “Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism“. The goal of these webinars has been to discuss racism and all its complexities and practices. For the purpose of the webinars we have used the definition of racism from author Ijeoma Oluo, “Racism is any prejudice against someone because of their race when those views are reinforced by systems of power.”
On this, the week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we should remember his words, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Standing together and fighting racism together means we must not only understand the nature of racism but how white supremacy has affected other communities.
The title of the third webinar of the series is “A Discussion on Racism from an African American Perspective”. This webinar will be on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 5 PM PST and 3 PM HST (Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11 AM ChST). Please register to receive the Zoom link the day before the webinar.
- Ms. Micheal Pope, Conference Lay Leader for the California-Nevada Annual Conference
- Rev. Dr. Michael Bowie, National Executive Director for Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century
- Rev. Quentisha Davis Wiles, Senior Pastor of Pittsburg UMC in Pittsburg, California
- Mrs. Erin Hawkins-Smith, Executive Director for Connectional Ministries of the California-Pacific Annual Conference
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