Faith and Race Survey to Help With Next Steps in Journey Toward Racial Justice
Our Journey Toward Racial Justice Team is inviting the congregation to complete a Faith and Race Check-In sometime during the next week. The survey will take 3-7 minutes to complete and will help determine the next steps for our church’s justice work. Thank you to those who have already completed the survey!
Responses will be reported in a group format and will remain anonymous unless a name is added at the end of the survey. The data also will be used by the North Texas Conference and a larger network of churches that are part of the Journey Toward Racial Justice.
In June 2020, a group of justice, equity, and equality-minded members of Vista Ridge UMC began meeting via Zoom to learn more about how to dismantle racism in our community, country, and lives. United Against Racism was formed and met weekly for the rest of the year, minus a couple of holidays.
Because of this work, the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church invited Vista Ridge UMC to be one of their pilot churches in the Journey Toward Racial Justice. A churchwide virtual meeting with leaders from the Conference was held in January to talk more about the initiative and an entire plan was outlined. Vista Ridge also was introduced to our church companion, Rev. Danielle Kim. Danielle serves as Associate Minister of Adult Discipleship at Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano and was our guest preacher in April.
Plan of Work
The first step of the plan was for our Core Leadership Team to form a small Journey Toward Racial Justice Team and they immediately got to work! Following the Conference’s plan, the group has completed baseline study (think definitions and unlearning incorrect information), read articles, participated in challenging discussions, completed some book studies, and set goals. Now, they are asking for input from the congregation in the form of a survey.
To learn more about the work of the Journey Toward Racial Justice Team or for details about the articles and book resources, please reach out to Hillarye Hightower, Chair of the Relationships with Each Other Team, at [email protected] or 214.708.0408.