Conversations about Racism and the UMC

Rudy Rasmus is the editor of a new book entitled I’m Black. I’m Christian. I’m Methodist. In the book, ten Black women and men explore life through the lens of compelling, personal accounts. They are leaders whose lives are tangible demonstrations of the power of a divine purpose and evidence of what grace really means in face of hardship, disappointment, and determination. The contributors share in a conversation on the video below.

Let’s Talk About Race

The Social Justice Team at Berkeley UMC announces a series of four presentations and discussions about the history and current realities of race and about how Texas policies on teaching about race in schools have recently changed. Through the lens of scripture, authoritative scholarship, and United Methodist resources, we will examine these racial realities and educational approaches to addressing them, with particular attention to Critical Race Theory.

Moderated by Bill Carter

Presentations by Dr. Thomas Yee
Berkeley UMC Community Life Center (CLC)
Four Sundays — May 29, June 5, June 19, and June 26 — from 2:00-3:00 pm
Attendance in person will be limited to allow for social distancing. Attendance via ZOOM available.  For more information or to make a reservation please contact Bill Carter at

Session 1, May 29, 2022  Talking About Race, Faith, and the Church

Goal: Establish a framework for understanding the status of racial equality and justice

Session 2, June 5, 2022  What Is Critical Race Theory?

Goal: Examine Critical Race Theory and the recent Texas legislation addressing it

Session 3, June 19, 2022  Talking to Children About Race

(Featuring educators as guest panelists)

Goal: Examine how recent legislation is affecting educators and their teaching about race

Session 4, June 26, 2022   Seeking Truth Amid the Culture War: Politics and Censorship in the University

Goal: Provide insights into current challenges and advances in our understanding of race