What Can We Do?
What can you do?
When John Wesley began his work in England, it quickly led to the formation of the United Society and the classes. Wesley established “only one condition previously required of those who desire admission into these societies: ‘a desire to flee from the wrath to come, and to be saved from their sins.’
These early faith communities would be defined as “a company of [people] having the form and seeking the power of godliness, united in order to pray together, to receive the word of exhortation, and to watch over one another in love, that they may help each other to work out their salvation. But wherever this is really fixed in the soul it will be shown by its fruits.”
It is therefore expected of all who continue therein that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation, first: by doing no harm; second: by doing good; and third: by attending upon all the ordinances of God. These three principles have become known as “The General Rules of the Methodist Church” and are commended for as a guide for every member of the United Methodist Church. (¶ 102 DOCTRINAL STANDARDS AND OUR THEOLOGICAL TASK, 54, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church)
- Refuse to be silent bystanders when you hear or see someone say or do something that could be bias. Intervene! How are we holding one another accountable for behavior?
- Respect and affirm persons in such a way that they know they will be accepted and included. One way to practice and cultivate a culture of respect and affirmation is by supporting the non-dominant culture called to ministry. Resources to help in your local ministry are available at www.sgaumc.com/advocacy or contact the chairperson of the Multiculturalism Taskforce or staff person.
- Encourage your local church to utilize the resources on page in this Guide.
- The simplest and most profound act of Christian response is this: listening to those who have suffered. By listening to stories, we can learn. And by learning, perhaps we as local church communities can take proactive steps to understanding our Multiculturalism.
“The simplest and most profound act of Christian response is this: listening to those who have suffered.”
What can your local ministry do?
- Host church related education/awareness events and programs
- Provide resources from your community in your church setting
- Encourage education within your local ministry about the policy and process
- Make it an agenda item at your Charge Conference, church meetings and Leadership Training
- Have conversation in small group settings (including the youth) and speak from the pulpit regarding awareness
- ¶161 Book of Discipline and the Social Principles. Consider utilizing the Videos, Resource Guide, Book and other Resources
- Resolution and Charge proclamations
- Holistic biblical ethics for Multiculturalism
- Refer to Resolution and Charge proclamations for talking points (see www.sgaumc.org/advocacy)
- Use respectful language
- Promote awareness in bulletin occasionally
- Offer studies for those that are different from the majority culture and for those seeking more understanding and being in relationship with those
- Institute a ministry program at your church for awareness and teaching
- Post Resources