In the last few weeks and months, there has been an uptick in the harm and hateful acts targeting Asian American / Pacific Islanders (AAPI). As Bishop Bob has said in his statement on this violence: “We must take swift and direct action in calling out these acts of hate. We must confront the ways that harm presents itself: whether it be “innocent” re-telling of jokes, to perpetuating racist rhetoric related to COVID-19, or violent actions to innocent people, we must acknowledge that these are things that fuel bias and prejudice against those of Asian heritage. We must join others in putting a stop to the harm. As people of faith, we must be willing to enter into those places of discomfort in order to speak the truth in love. To listen for learning and greater understanding. To advocate for those who cannot or do not for fear of their own safety. To push back and explain why certain behaviors can no longer be tolerated.”
The month of May is celebrated as Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month and for the first time in the Desert Southwest Conference, the RACE Coalition will be providing a set of anti-racism resources and tools for your congregation to use to highlight this heritage month.
The first will be an expanded AAPI resource list to the 21-Day Racial Equity and Habit Building Challenge including 3-5 highlighted resources.
The second will be a panel discussion with AAPI clergy and laity in the DSC sharing of a variety of topics, including their experiences of racism in our churches and communities.
To end the month, Bishop Bob will be featured in an interview sharing concerns and issues of AAPI in the Desert Southwest Conference and The United Methodist Church.
More information and access to these resources will be available beginning May 1, 2021 on the RACE Coalition website.