Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism webinar: How to Respond to Racism

June 17, 2021 | by John Oda

Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism webinar: How to Respond to Racism

The Asian American Language Ministry Plan, the New Federation of Asian American United Methodists and Church and Society are co-sponsoring a webinar series called "Raise Up Your Voice Against Racism".  The goal of the webinars is to create a safe space where Asian Americans and their allies are able to learn about and discuss racism. 

The focus of the June 22
nd will be on "How to Respond to Racism".   This webinar will feature two staff members from the General Commission on Religion and Race: Ms. Garlinda Burton and Elaine Moy.  The webinar will take place on June 22, 2021 at 5:00pm – 6:00pm Pacific, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Mountain, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Central, 8:00pm – 9:00pm Eastern.

Rev. John Oda, who direct the Asian American Language Ministry Plan explained, “There have been a lot of webinars on racism but very few on ‘How to Respond to Racism’. We thought it would be important to give people some understanding of what to do when you see racism or when you are the target of racism.”
Garlinda is the Interim General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR).  She works with staff and constituents to develop devotional, educational, and worship resources to support laity and clergy and other church leaders in tearing down walls of racial, cultural and tribal divisions and to foster Christian community and social justice.  A deaconess in The United Methodist Church, Garlinda has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, producer, and trainer around issues of intercultural competency, racial justice, and gender justice. She is also committed to helping the church engage and nurture children, youth, and young adults as positive and powerful change agents for the cause of Jesus Christ
Elaine works as the Senior Director of Finance, Development, and Institutional Equity at the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR).  She oversees the offering plate money that is given to GCORR, as well as working to raise funds for the agency.  Elaine also helps United Methodists change current systems to make the church more inclusive. 
Rev. Neal Christie, the Executive Minister of Connected Engagement of the Baltimore Washington Annual Conference explained, “Asian Americans can be silent when racialized public policies are enacted, or racist behaviors practiced. Asian Americans are themselves frequent, silent targets of racist violence and scapegoating, heightened during the covid-19 pandemic. Can we center the voices of Asian Americans as anti-racist allies? What happens when we do? That is what this series is about.”
Everyone is invited register for this webinar however, one of the main goals of these webinars it to be a safe space for Asian Americans to participate in conversations about racism.
Please visit this link for more information and to register for the webinar: https://bit.ly/2GAYRhQ

Rev. John Oda. Rev. Oda serves as the Program Manager of the Asian American Language Ministry Plan at the General Board of Global Ministries.