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The Upper Room is committed to a ministry that is increasingly global, antiracist, and ecumenical. In these days we are called to give special and focused attention to being antiracist. This is the work of discipleship and spiritual formation. Read more about The Upper Room's perspective on the sin of racism here.

The Spiritual Work of Overcoming Racism Video Series

In this video series, friends and neighbors of The Upper Room share how they are creating daily life with God in the face of racial injustice and the evils of white supremacy in the United States.

Courageous Curiosity: Cultivating an Antiracist Spirituality

Join us for this online Academy Day Apart retreat with Lucretia Berry and Ben Boswell. We will engage the deep soul work of antiracism supported by the resources of community, silence, worship, and embodied spiritual practice.

The registration deadline is August 15, 2021.

Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice

Both a cry for action and a comfort for our anxious souls, Rally is a prayer book for faith communities searching for words to respond to the injustices around them.

Click here to download a free litany from author and antiracism activist Osheta Moore.

Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together

In today's deeply divided world churches need tools to help them confront sensitive issues in healthy ways. Now available for preorders.

Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness

Rev. Junius B. Dotson shares his personal journey of breakdown and breakthrough. His experience of personal soul reset is a model for systemic change in our communities and churches.

A Call to Prayer for Societal Injustice

Join us in a call to prayer and action led by Rev. Dr. Mike Bowie, Rev. Dr. Ron Bell Jr., Rev. Derek Weber, and Rev. Kimberly Orr. Find more tools and practices for overcoming racism from Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21), Discipleship Ministries, and other partners in ministry.

Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture

In this collection of essays from 2014, author Michael W. Waters addresses topics of civil rights, racism, violence in America, and the legacy of Trayvon Martin.

The Academy Podcast

The Academy for Spiritual Formation hosts holy and healing conversations with Academy leaders, trusting that their wisdom, joy, and insight will offer us connection and hope in these trying times. Subscribe to Academy Podcast wherever you listen to your podcasts.

As you explore the spiritual work of overcoming racism, we invite you to read Reaching In, Reaching Up, Reaching Out” by The Upper Room's recently retired Publisher Rev. Stephen D. Bryant. Below is a list of resources to support this spiritual work.


Reaching In

How are we reaching within and looking at the face of evil within ourselves? How are we complicit with the systems that keep evil in place?


Reaching Up

How are we reaching up to God and seeking the courage and power to die to the old creation and become a part of the new creation?


Reaching Out

How are we reaching out in dialogue with our community, with our churches, with our friends, with our enemies? What do compassion and kindness look like in an age of violence and hate?


The Upper Room is a part of Discipleship Ministries. Find more Antiracism Discipleship & Social Justice resources here.

For more resources, visit UMC.org/EndRacism.



Below are highlights from The Upper Room blog that amplify the voices and stories of those most impacted by racial injustice and connected to the spiritual work of overcoming racism. Read the latest posts below.

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Writing, journaling, taking time to pause are practices that help me remain resilient in the midst of life's challenges—and we all need those things.”


Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.