The Wesleyan Church and Racial Reconciliation

The Wesleyan Church and Racial Reconciliation

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The Wesleyan Church opposes the denial of basic human and civil rights to any individual regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or national origin. While our denomination was born in an anti-slavery movement, we have sometimes ignored our own heritage and been guilty of both personal and collective racism and prejudice. For this sin, we have collectively repented and asked for God’s forgiveness, and we intend to strive for complete racial reconciliation, for we know this is the will of God.

The Wesleyan Church addresses contemporary social issues from a biblical and collective conscience perspective. Issues arise periodically that require serious deliberation by the Church as a community of believers regarding its collective witness for Christ in society (Church and Culture, p. 10-11, 2016 revision).

This page is dedicated to ongoing conversation, learning and stories of how The Wesleyan Church and its members are working to fulfill Matthew 22:37-30: “Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

What can we do about racism?

A resource from Wesleyans for Wesleyans

Videos

We’ve gathered videos in this playlist to equip and inspire you on the journey of reconciliation.

Videos

We’ve gathered videos in this playlist to equip and inspire you on the journey of reconciliation.

Stories

A conversation on racism in Canada 

A conversation on racism in Canada 

It is the job of the Church to draw attention to this evil and to point people to the hope and reconciliation that is found in Jesus Christ.

Blogs

A rushing wind

A rushing wind

How do we teach our congregations to have biblically-charged conversations about race?

Stories

The Adam Crooks Award

The Adam Crooks Award

In a culture increasingly unfriendly to opposition, may we all have courage in our convictions to stand for what is right and with those being wronged.

LifeSpring: grounded in abolitionalism

LifeSpring: grounded in abolitionalism

Founded in 1843 by an abolitionist, LifeSpring worked with a local Quaker family, who served as a station on the Underground Railroad.

Blogs