End Racism for Good Update

10/19/2021


Matthew Johnson Communications Assistant Connectional Ministries

For more than a year, the co-chairs of the End Racism for Good initiative Rev. Bruce Case, pastor at Parkway Heights in Hattiesburg, and Rev. Domini Henry, associate pastor at Anderson United Methodist Church in Jackson, have been embracing the monumental task of dismantling racism in the state of Mississippi. The pastors are witnessing firsthand the healing impact that has taken place as believers come together to fellowship and release the negative effects racism has had on their lives.

 Racial healing circles are playing a significant role in ending racism. To date, more than 400 people have participated in a healing circle and have been able to express the toll racism has taken on their lives or ask questions for better understanding.

“The stories we hear are heartbreaking,” said Henry. “The circles we form are built in ways to strengthen one another. Racism has traumatized persons directly or indirectly and we are working on a way to heal our hearts, minds, communities, state and world.”

The goal is to get more than 1,000 people involved in racial healing circles. Churches such as Parkway Hills United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg and St. Paul United Methodist Church in West Point have come together to form racial healing circles. Church groups like the United Methodist Men come together to form racial healing circles.
Rev. Bruce Case leads
a Zoom racial healing circle.

In addition to healing circles End Racism for Good is continuing to host Thursday Zoom luncheons that happen every other month. Special guest speakers are invited to talk about the work they are doing to end racism.

“We recently had the Dean of Gammon School of Theology Dr. Johnny Hill. He spoke about the history and importance of education in teaching about race,” said Case. “We like to have interesting people that are doing incredible work enlighten the group about ending racial issues.”

 The tireless effort of the Mississippi United Methodist Conference to dismantle racism is changing lives across the state of Mississippi, but the Mission Continues. The End Racism for Good initiative has been growing so well that it is starting to catch the attention of neighboring states. Clergy from Arkansas and Alabama have begun reaching out to inquire on ways to end racism in their own states. If you are interested in starting a racial healing circle, would like to attend a Zoom luncheon or want to sign up for the newsletter reach out to Rev. Bruce Case at jbrucecase@gmail.com or Rev. Domini Henry at domini@andersonumc.org. More information on the End Racism for Good initiative can be found at  https://www.mississippi-umc.org/endracismforgood.
 

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