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Awareness Subcommittee

The mission of the Beloved Community Awareness Sub-Committee is to bring awareness to the sin of racism in whatever forms they present themselves including implicit policies, white privilege, Conference policies and racism in our hearts.

 
 

 Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

AAPI month

 
Articles
Books for Asian American Christianity
Angel Island Story and Detention Barracks Inscription
Videos
 
Lord’s Prayer in Asian Languages

Open Spaces Toolkit

 

 

To continue to be the Church, this critical moment in history we must be prepared to do the work of healing and restoration after. Open Spaces is to provide an opportunity for healing that is necessary during and after the stresses of 2020. The hope is that local churches and virtual communities of friends, families, etc. will use this material as a way to process what they are feeling at this time, listen as others share perspectives, thoughts, and feelings different from their own, and begin on a path of healing individually and communally.
 
We need open spaces: to feel broken, and feel safe enough to rebuild relationships. Open Spaces is a collection of prayers, Scripture, liturgies of confession and repentance, voices of clergy and laity sharing their own stories from this season, and in remembrance of baptism. This collection will be accessible to churches across our district and the Conference to be used for services or small gatherings.
 
Questions, contact Pastor Ian Campbell at iancampbell.fl@gmail.com or Rev. Andy Whitaker Smith at awhitakersmith@firstumc.org.
 Click the button below to register to receive the toolkit.
 
 
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Awareness 101 

Awareness 101

Awareness 101: 5 Important Things to know about Awareness

 

 Share Your Story: Experiences with Racism

Part of increasing our awareness about racism and its lasting effects is sharing our stories. What follows are stories from members across the Florida Conference on their individual experiences with racism and lessons learned along the way. Do you have an experience to share? Click the button below to submit your story for publishing on our website.
 
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NEIGHBORHOOD

Not in My Neighborhood

My first experience with racism was at five years old in 1980. That’s when I began to learn that being Black was different from being White. Read more...
George Floyd

Why I'm Going to the George Floyd Protest

In the wake of the George Floyd killing and other murders of African-Americans, I felt led by the Holy Spirit to attend a peaceful protest  Read more...

 
 
 
Trayvon Martin

Essay on Sanford 

When Trayvon Martin’s tragic murder occurred, I was serving as the solo-pastor at First United Methodist Church of Sanford. Like everyone else, I was shocked. Then, as I learned the details, I became horrified and upset. Read more...
Change

Change is on the Way

Born 1948, in Newport News, Virginia, I attended elementary school from the first through the seventh grade and high school from the eighth through twelfth grade -- a time when I didn’t understand what being black was all about. Read more...
Growing Up Black

Growing Up Black

Writing and reflecting on traumatic events is emotionally draining. People of color often are asked to relive the pain of racism over and over again. Read more...