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UMCRM Statement for Racial Justice

Dear UMCRM members, supporters, and friends,

Last week’s events have exposed the multigenerational suffering that white privilege and systemic institutional bias have inflicted on black and brown people of color in our country. The United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association stands in solidarity with our black and brown campers, retreat attendees, staff, and community members. We are committed to diversity, anti-racism, and positive support for our society.

While UMCRM has taken steps to develop ethnically diverse leaders and build an inclusive community, it is not enough. We are committed to working together with our Conferences, camp and retreat centers, leaders, and families to continue to reflect the love and light of Christ that denounces hate and racial injustice in our culture.

The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us of systemic issues that are counter to the Christian faith and call us to change. Our prayer and intent is that the UMCRM community can and will be part of the larger movement that is striving toward positive, fundamental change in our dynamic world.

– United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries Association Board and Staff

Board of Directors: Ron Bartlow, Kim Bell, Russell Davis, Abigail Fuesler, Sharon Godbolt, Brant Henshaw, Cat Holbert, Jody Oates, Jeff Parsons, Samuel Richardson, Sarah Ratz, Arthur Spriggs, Joel Wilke, Matthew Williams

Staff: Jessica Gamaché / Association Director, Jen Burch / Administrator