Lent is a time when we are called to tend to our spiritual lives more than any other season. We set aside worldly distractions and take on additional spiritual practices to discover what keeps us from experiencing the fullness of relationship with God and with others. For decades, the United Methodist Church has boldly declared that racism is a sin at both personal and institutional levels–a sin that “plagues and hinders our relationship with Christ.” This Lent, we are focusing on the Spiritual Work of Resisting Racism. Recognizing that we cannot be complacent with neutrality, we will engage in the steps it takes to actively work against racism in our lives and our world, moving in hope toward the Easter promise and the world that God intends. Take a courageous step in your faith and join us for this challenging series.
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Participate in Sunday School Series
Resisting Racism Sunday School Class
Sundays, March 1 – April 5, 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Sanctuary (3/01, 3/29, 4/05), Wesley Hall (3/08, 3/15, 3/22)
All are welcome to join Pastor Cathy Stone and Director of Youth Ministries Devon Bailey for a series of classes covering themes from White Fragility, no reading or preparation required. Join us as, together, we engage in steps to actively work against racism in our lives and our world.
Join a Book Study
Book Study: White Fragility
All are invited to join a Lenten small group for our churchwide study of Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’”(Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
Small groups will meet four times during Lent. Books can be purchased for $15 in the foyer on February 16 and 23, or from the church office prior to the start of the study. Unable to attend one of these small groups? Join Pastor Cathy for a discussion of White Fragility on Sunday, April 5, 4:30–6:00 p.m in FLC Garrison Chapel where Conversations on Racial Justice are held.
SOUTH AUSTIN NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN Thursdays, March 5-April 2, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
Wednesdays, March 4-April 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Beto’s Restaurant, 1940 W William Cannon Drive
Co-Facilitated by Caroline Jones and Kathy Morales
Thursdays, March 5-April 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Home of Daviss King (Address provided after registration.)
Co-Facilitated by Daviss King and Teresa Edwards
Tuesdays, March 3-31, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
FUMC Family Life Center, Room 104
Facilitated by Pastor Cathy Stone
FUMC SAN Library
Facilitated by Pastor Cathy Stone
Thursdays, March 5-April 2, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.