Racism is not compatible with Christianity
Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC), you are the hope of the world. We believe that more today than ever. As we strive to become deeply devoted followers of Jesus Christ, we recognize that God calls us to be a people of justice, and that we cannot follow Christ from a path of racism in any form.
In response to the disturbing state of affairs around issues of race in our community and our nation, we seek to help. So, what can we do? For starters, listen, learn and act. As leaders at HPUMC, we are entering into honest, sometimes awkward, conversations with people that look different from us. We are learning about their lives, and we seek to empathize with their pain. In short, we comply with Scripture’s encouragement to “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal 6:2)
HPUMC is taking action through our long running relationship with Project Unity. We want you to join their latest initiative Together We Can which aims to educate, enable and empower a lifestyle of mindfulness and action against racism. The program provides a structured plan for people of all races to continuously improve themselves, their communities, and their country. For more details and to sign up, go to the Together We Can website.
We admit that racism exists and we want to be part of the solution. Our church leaders are putting together a task force to identify truly effective ways for our church to help. This will be a long-term process, not a one-time event. We will leverage God's provision of influence for the greater good – for we believe that racism is not compatible with Christianity.
- HPUMC Leadership
A Conversation in Black and White
On June 17, senior pastors, Richie Butler and Paul Rasmussen talked honestly about racism, current events, and how their churches can be the light of Christ for the community and world. Watch here.
Sermon from Sunday, June 14, 2020
Racism is prevalent. Racism is destructive. And racism is incompatible with Christianity. What racism is not, however, is new. In fact, working through racism was perhaps the biggest threat to the early Christian church. Watch here.
Podcast Interview with Tamika Perry
What were your ideas of race growing up? Do you prefer the term black or African American? How can we change the world for the better? Tamika Perry, HPUMC’s Outreach Coordinator for Housing, joins Hannah Buchanan’s podcast to talk honestly about racism, current events, social injustice, and more. Listen here.
Rev. Rasmussen's Statement
How do we respond to racism as the Church? After the death of George Floyd, Rev. Paul Rasmussen released a statement asserting that "racism is incompatible with Christianity." He also spoke to plans for a continued response from HPUMC, in both word and deed, as we strive to bring about racial justice in our community. Read more.
Podcast Interview with Doug Parker
American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker, joins Hannah Buchanan’s podcast to discuss how he's right-sizing his workforce, why you can still fly during COVID, and how to pursue racial justice at the highest levels of business. Listen here.