Racial Justice

"Intersectionality is used to refer to the very complex way that the effects of different forms of discrimination and oppression (racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, etc.) overlap, combine, and intersect." - from Reconciling Ministries Network

At Wellspring, we seek to take an active stance in standing with the oppressed, especially those affected by multiple forms of oppression. Here are some resources for anti-racism.

A great place to start is Harvard's Anti-Racism Resources List, especially their book list.

Additional Reading:

Diangelo, Robin, White Fragility: Why it is so Hard for White People to Talk about Race
Hurston, Zora Neale Their Eyes Were Watching God
Jones, Alicia, Raising Anti-Racist Children

Kendi, Ibram X., Antiracist Baby

Kendi, Ibram X., How to Be an Antiracist
Kendi, Ibram X., Stamped From the Beginning

Martin, Michel, How White Parents Can Talk to their Kids about Race

Michie, Katrina, Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race

Oliver, Stephanie Stokes, ed., Black Ink
Olou, Ijeome, So You Want to Talk About Race
Stockett, Kathryn, The Help

The Conscious Kid, “Anti-Racist Parenting: Principles vs. Practice,

Tochluk, Shelly, Witnessing Whiteness
Walker, Margaret, Jubilee
Wallis, Jim America’s Original Sin
Wilkerson, Isabel, The Warmth of Other Suns

“Looking for Excellent ‘Diverse’ Books for Children? Start Here!” embracerace.org/resources/where-to-find-diverse-childrens-books.

Church Conference Approves Resolution on Reconciling Ministry

The Wellspring UMC Church Conference met Sunday, June 4, 2017 immediately following the late service to consider a resolution for Wellspring formally to join the Reconciling Ministries Network and become a Reconciling Congregation. The resolution was approved by 82% of the 153 members present and voting. The Reconciling Ministries Network (www.RMNetwork.org) advocates for the full inclusion of persons who identify as LGBTQ in the life of the church. The resolution also calls for the creation of a revised welcoming statement that will be prominently displayed. The welcoming statement reads as follows:

Wellspring, a United Methodist Community of Faith, is a welcoming congregation where our motto is, “All Are Welcome, All Are Accepted.” And all means all. As a caring, diverse community, we welcome into full fellowship persons of every race, gender, culture, nationality, economic circumstance, age, physical and mental ability, family and marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other category that creates an “us and them” mentality. We affirm that all persons everywhere are children of God.

The Church Conference was led by our District Superintendent, Dr. Clifton Howard. The spirit of the debate was grace-filled and affirmed that everyone (even those who think differently about the resolution itself) are welcomed into the community of faith that is Wellspring.