Capitol gathering to look at state's race relations


“How precious is your steadfast love, O God!

“All people may rest within the shadow of your wings.

“They feast at the abundance of your table and you give them drink from the river of your great delights.

“For with you is the fountain of life. . .”

     Psalm 36:7-9


During the 40 days of Lent, Mississippi United Methodists gathered in each of the 82 counties of Mississippi for conversations on race. This was done because 40 years since the most violent and tragic days of the civil rights movement, the Mississippi Conference wanted to answer honestly and faithfully the questions:


  How near are we to the Promised Land, the place of abundance and peace and love?

  How far are we from the Promised Land, the place of abundance and peace and love?


Participants shared their stories – of racism learned, of racism resisted, of racism embraced, and of racism unchallenged with ongoing tragic consequences. Some of the stories were sorrowful, others grateful; some were confessional, others were prophetic.

As a part of a wider group of Mississippians seeking to live God’s vision of welcome for all people, United Methodists will participate in “The Welcome Table: A Year of Conversation on Race” beginning June 21.


Students, religious leaders, civic leaders, educators and others in Jackson on June 21, the anniversary of the murders of civil rights workers Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney in 1964, to launch The Welcome Table. The goals is to work together to invite and configure gatherings for conversations, learning and witness.


Folks within the Mississippi Conference are invited to participate. Visit for information and resources for participation.