Over 300 clergy registered to participate in an online discussion about racism in the U.S. and the role Indiana churches can play in addressing racial injustice. The online gathering began with a time of reflection led by Bishop Trimble. The discussion and sharing about what our Indiana United Methodist churches can do to begin to address racism were led by Rev. Neal Christie and Laura Kigweba James of the General Board of Church and Society.
During the online gathering, clergy learned about The United Methodist Church’s history, Social Principles, resolutions, and actions dealing with racism. In addition, participants were given time to discuss in smaller groups issues they face in relation to racism in their communities and churches.
At the end of the gathering, those in attendance expressed their appreciation for the time, and some offered ideas for potential future gatherings. There will be additional online discussions and learning opportunities in the days ahead.