Our Response to Racism

The “Book of Discipline” of the United Methodist Church states:

The United Methodist Church proclaims the value of each person as a unique child of God and commits itself to the healing and wholeness of all persons.

The United Methodist Church recognizes that the sin of racism has been destructive to its unity throughout its history. Racism continues to cause painful division and marginalization.

The United Methodist Church shall confront and seek to eliminate racism, whether in organizations or in individuals, in every facet of its life and in society at large.

(The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016, paragraph 5)

Desert Spring United Methodist Church understands racism to be a form of evil rooted in sin, and as such to be contrary to the will of God. Our Baptismal covenant addresses our responsibility as individuals and as a church. In this covenant, we are asked: “Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sin?” The covenant continues: “Do you accept the freedom and power God gives you to resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.”  

Racism is the face of evil. We, the people of God, are called to not only to renounce evil, but also to resist it. As a church, we are committed to the work of God in bringing about a just society where all people are treated with the dignity and respect of being a child of God. To that end, we will continue to strive knowing that the day will come when God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven.

Rev. David K. Devereaux

Senior Pastor

Raising Consciousness

Today we are starting a new initiative we are calling “Raising Consciousness” that we believe will be meaningful to you and will also make a difference in the lives of others. The plan is quite simple. We are asking you to take a couple minutes 2 times per week to answer one simple question:

“What is one thing I have done in the past few days that helps to create a better relationship with people who are different from me (by “different from me” we are suggesting people of a different race or culture or religion or—you get the idea) in order to strengthen our community?”

Here are a few ideas of the kinds of things you might consider:  

  • Call someone you know who is of a different race and ask how s/he is doing and if there is anything you can do for the person.
  • Write a note to send to someone indicating you are praying for her/him.
  • Ask a person to share with you a little of the person’s story. 
  • Grocery shop for a neighbor

The list is endless. The point is simple. Think of some way of reaching out to someone who is in some way different from you, to nurture a relationship and to strengthen a sense of community.  

So, twice per week we are asking you to answer one simple question: “What is one thing I have done in the past few days that helps to create a better relationship with people who are different from me, in order to strengthen our community?

Write down your answer. Put your written answer in a box or envelop, some place where you can save your answers. Be truthful with your answers. If you have not done anything, write that down. Put your written answers in a box or envelop—someplace where you can save your answers. After 8 weeks, you should have 16 different responses to the question. At that point we will ask you to take a few minutes to read what you have done. We are also going to ask you to share what you have written with someone who is close to you. We will say more about that when we get closer to the time.  

That is our initiative. We believe doing so will make a difference in our lives and will strengthen our community. Thanks.