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Missions & Outreach

And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” - Matthew 25:40

Church & Society

2nd Monday of each month, 7 pm, Room 225, Education Center

New members are always welcome to join us as we work in areas of important social concern, developing resources to inform, motivate, and train United Methodists on issues of social justice in the society

The Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline

Focus Table Aug 18 & 25

The cradle to prison pipeline can be defined as “the life trajectory that makes it more likely for a poor child of color to end up in prison than his white peers not because of his lack of potential but simply because of the access he has to opportunity due to race and family income.” Source: UT Austin Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing

What can you do?

Opportunities abound in North Texas for making a positive impact at any stage of the “pipeline” and breaking the cycle of incarceration. Below is a list of area organizations that would greatly benefit from volunteers or donations from individuals, groups and businesses.

Know Your Bias

We all have biases. They are our experiences that turn into our habits that turn into our instincts.

  • Explicit Bias
    Explicit Bias

    Explicit biases are our conscious attitudes and beliefs about a person or group. Often these biases and the expression of them arise as the result of a perceived threat.  

  • Implicit Bias
    Implicit Bias

    Many of our biases are implicit and form blind spots in our interactions with individuals as we move through the world. These biases which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, refer to our unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that effect our understanding, actions and decisions. 

    Take an Implicit Bias test: 
    implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/
    secure.understandingprejudice.org/iat/

    Learn More:
    ted.com/talks/verna_myers_how_to_overcome_our_biases_walk_boldly_toward_them
    hbr.org/video/2515962123001/the-costs-of-racial-color-blindness

  • Diversity
    Diversity

    Diversity means all the ways in which we differ. It includes both the readily visible differences and the underlying differences that may be below the surface. 

    Examples of visible diversity include: physical attributes, gender, race, and age.

    Some examples of diversity that may be "below the surface" include: religion, sexual orientation or identity, life experience, family status, skills, beliefs, education, and perspectives.

  • Challenge
    Challenging our Biases

    First and foremost, remember that we are ALL God’s people, and that we ALL have biases.  Exposing ourselves to those different from us provides an opportunity to learn and grow - to challenge our preconceptions, to build empathy and to gain understanding.

    We can all do things to bring awareness to our implicit biases.

    Seeking out interactions with groups of individuals different from ourselves is one of the key ways we can dispel the conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) beliefs that give rise to our biases. We encourage and challenge you to take part in activities to interact with and learn more from people who are different than you and who are also a part of our community! 

    A few suggestions:
      •  Take a shopping trip to an international grocery store at Richardson’s Chinatown, Coit & Spring Valley, or Main Street & Greenville. Stop in and see what they have to offer!
      •  Dine at a locally-owned international restaurant. There might be one right around the corner. Maybe you’ve driven by it and never stopped in. Have a bite to eat and visit!
      •  Experience another culture through a faith tradition.  While this can seem intimidating, it can open the door to new insights into our differences and our commonalities, and it can be an opportunity for not only fellowship, but dialog and new friendships. FUMCR is a member of Richardson Interfaith Alliance. Visit richardsoninterfaith.org and sign up for updates.
      •  Attend a cultural event in our area. Festivals can feature food, music, as well as demonstrations of shared and different cultures and histories. Visit Dallas (visitdallas.com/about/diverse-dallas/index) can point you to upcoming events.
      •  Travel! One of the great equalizers in understanding other cultures, inspiring transformation, and building empathy is through direct experience of another culture. Rick Steves has written extensively about this in his book, Travel as a Political Act. Barack Obama discussed why travel matters with BBC in April 2019. Watch at  bbc.com/travel/story/20190425-barack-obama-on-why-travel-matters.

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