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The Spiritual Work of Overcoming Racism

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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.

The Upper Room’s stance since our beginning 85 years ago is unchanged and consistent with the worldwide consensus of the church ecumenical (as reflected in statements from a variety of communions and in the historic creeds linked here) that racism is sin, an obstacle to grace that works against the reign of God in society, in our relationships, and in our formation as human beings made in God’s image designed to grow in the love and likeness of Jesus Christ.


Watch the video series below as 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. Subscribe to The Upper Room YouTube Channel for weekly updates to the series.


As you explore the spiritual work of overcoming racism, we invite you to read Reaching In, Reaching Up, Reaching Out” by The Upper Room Publisher Rev. Stephen D. Bryant

Below is a growing list of resources to support this spiritual work. We will be continuously updating this page in the coming days and weeks as we journey with you.


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. Read a statement from Discipleship Ministries here.

For more resources, visit UMC.org/EndRacism.



The Upper Room blog is currently amplifying 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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While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.” 

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