Other resources from the Annual Conference 2020 Session:
Courageous Conversations series of virtual workshops that build on the work of the Laity Session at Annual Conference 2020 and are part of an ongoing effort to allow for conference wide discussion and participation in guiding our future as we dismantle racism together.
The CA-NV Conference United Methodist Women are proud to host a webinar conversation with Rev. Jim Lawson, Jr. and Rev. Phil Lawson about their lives as activists, their insight into today’s events, their hopes for the future and what will be required by all of us to build the Beloved Community in our land. The Reverends Jim and Phil Lawson have dedicated their lives endlessly pursuing social changes, civil rights and ending racism along with a profound commitment to nonviolence.
The Church is unique in that it has the ability to theologically interpret our current realities, naming where God is present and where humanity is called to help bring about the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. The realities of racism in our communities brings about challenging questions: If we are the people who are called to “love our neighbors,” why do we see such racism within our religious communities and structures? Why does racism abound within the United States and across the world? How can we as Christians partner with God to help bring about liberation and the beloved community? This panel discussion serves as a springboard for the remainder of our 2020 conversations, and we will also be revisiting the topic of colonialism at the November 18, 2020, panel discussion.