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Basic Anti-Racism Training for Building Beloved Community

The Florida Conference Anti-racism Training and Accountability Team has designed this training to educate, support and develop leaders among Florida United Methodist clergy and laity to build beloved community wherever they live.

The goals for our training will be to:
  • Provide a basic approach for anti-oppression work in general and anti-racism work in particular that can be practiced every day
  • Provide practical process and content, to dismantle racism and other forms of oppression, while building beloved community where power differences are recognized, understood, appreciated and included.

As United Methodist followers of Jesus, we understand this work to be an expression of the personal and social healing ministry of Jesus’ church. Anti-oppression work and anti-racism in particular is the liberating and saving work of the gospel of Jesus. It is the work of being a disciple of Jesus. It is a gift and process of becoming the people God made us to be. It is an expression of God’s sanctifying grace for us and the world.
The training will be virtual using Zoom and will be held on Friday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Arlinda Burks and Rev. David Williamson.
Questions? Contact Rev. David Williamson at
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Public Policy & Witness Anti-Racism Team Training

The Public Policy and Witness Antiracism Team is hosting three 50-minute training sessions to equip people for building relationships with their elected leaders. They will all be held virtually on Zoom.

  • Monday, May 23 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 31 at 12:00 p.m.
  •  Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m.

This is a vital aspect of advocacy work that leads to antiracist policy. It is part of the way we love our neighbors through public policy advocacy.  It is part of how we bear witness to the gospel of Jesus which sets us all free.

  • This work is rooted in our non-partisan, theological identity as disciples of Jesus.
  • We will be listening to an elected leader who can give us insight into what is most helpful from their perspective to hear from their concerned constituents.
  • We will be recommending options (questions and agenda) for having a 15-20 minute meeting with your elected leaders over the summer and early fall.
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