In 2019, the Apex UMC Family of Faith created a Racial Equity Bridge Team made up of representatives from each campus. Their goal is to amplify the voice of non-white brothers and sisters within and beyond our walls in all matters that impact our congregations. This includes guiding, educating, coordinating and providing accountability within our congregations to proactively dismantle racism.
Our team, made up of members from each of our campuses, believes that our Parish can embody a vision where racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.
Please consider using the prayer below (provided in English and Spanish) to help guide your prayers in the coming days and weeks.
To support the work of our team or learn more, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All people should be treated with dignity and have equal access to what life has to offer regardless of their skin color, ethnicity, culture, language, or heritage. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We have inherited centuries of systemic racial inequities that disadvantage Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It is time we end racism. This task will not be easy. We will not see this completed in our lifetime. Yet, that is our call as Christians and as people of good conscience.
Why should those who are not marginalized care about equity challenges? In his Letter from Birmingham, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “all men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” COVID19 has clearly shown to our generation that more than ever we find ourselves inextricably connected. Nations, regions, communities and individuals share a linked fate. Racial inequality results in Black, Indigenous and People of Color unable to reach their potential. Disparities ultimately make all of us more vulnerable in a complex and interdependent world. To engage in equity work is the work of strengthening our ties, championing restorative justice, and developing an equity lens to take an equity stance on behalf of God’s children.