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The Race and Race Relations Team introduced the Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship curriculum and videos in 2020. The team extends its thanks to laity and clergy who have engaged in dialogue with small groups, and gave feedback on the format, information that has been acquired, and questions about next steps.

The upcoming three segments are centered on segregation and desegregation in the Methodist Church and public schools, and nonviolent protests. The topics include

  • The Central Jurisdiction (a racially-segregated body of the Methodist Church from 1939 to 1968)
  • Massive Resistance in Farmville, Virginia
  • Bloody Monday, nonviolent protests and police brutality in Danville, Virginia in 1963

As stated in the initial offering, “We are on an adventure as learners.” The Race and Race Relations Team continues to learn about effective storytelling that is high quality. In the upcoming segments, you will see more graphics and images of people who help the history to come alive. The team wants to ensure each video has in-depth storytelling which requires more time in production. The Race and Race Relations Team is committed to this ongoing project and will continue to add videos and curriculum to the website.

For more information and to view the videos currently offered, visit the Virginia Conference website at https://vaumc.org/racerelations/

For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Charles F. Ledlum-Bates at rrds@vaumc.org.