Join us as we encircle the church and remember George Floyd

Belmont UMC has been invited by the Black Methodists for Church Renewal to participate in a witness against racism and racial violence. This Saturday, June 20, we will encircle the church using the surrounding sidewalks and observe silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd.

Please bring a candle and matches, sidewalk chalk (if you would like to leave a message), and wear a mask. Our time of silence will begin at 8:00pm, so plan to arrive beginning at 7:45pm.

The 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence will begin and end with the ringing of bells.

To ensure safe physical distance, we ask that you stand on every other square of the sidewalks.

View or download a transcript of Jeromes prayer.

They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying ‘Peace, Peace’ when there is no peace”  - Jeremiah 6:14

What can I do? Create Relationship - Expand the Circle - Build Community

If you are looking for some action items check out this Justice in June page which invites you to spend 10, 25, or 45 minutes each day in June doing some antiracism work.

If you are asking, “What else can I do?” take a look at this list from Darren Wrights sermon.

Read books by people of color.

Shop at stores owned by people of color.

If you have children or grandchildren give them books with protagonists and heroes of color and buy them diverse toys and dolls.

Follow the Conscious Kid on Instagram and Facebook.

Watch movies and shows starring and written and produced by people of color.

Seek out diverse groups of friends and educators for yourself and your kids.

Listen, listen, listen to the stories and lived experiences of people of color.

Read books specific to this work like How to be an Antiracist, White Fragility, or I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.

Join one of the discussion groups for How to Be Antiracist. Thursdays at 10:00am and 8:30pm.

Work in your company’s Human Resources Department to disrupt predominantly white channels of recruiting.

Get involved with your local chapter of Standing Up For Racial Justice.

Support the Nashville People’s Budget Coalition which is working to shift funding in our city’s budget from policing and jails to public goods.

You can connect with Gideon’s Army in North Nashville to volunteer and participate in their training sessions.

Join your local NAACP chapter and pay attention to what legislation they are supporting and opposing and join their efforts by calling and writing your legislators, bonus for us in Nashville, our current NAACP President is the Rev. Keith Caldwell, a United Methodist minister.

Chalk art by the Cramer family.

Other antiracism resources:

Antiracism action document

75 things white people can do for racial justice

Anti-racism resources for white people

Why Our Action Matters: The Pyramid of White Supremacy

Antiracist Reading Recs

Continue Supporting and being a part of these ministries that are disrupting systems of oppression: