Concord UMC creates anti-racism resource to share with other churches

Concord UMC creates anti-racism resource to share with other churches

Part 2 begins August 30

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Concord United Methodist Church wants to share a newly created resource with other congregations wishing to join the work of dismantling racism in 2020.

Building Bridges: Combatting Racial Injustice” is a four-part series including Concord leaders and church members as they work together to learn past and current realities and to plan next steps.

“It is suited for online or in-person discussion groups,” said the Rev. Wil Cantrell, senior associate pastor. “Our goal was always to produce a course which would engage our people and become a free, easy-to-use resource for other churches.”
Rev. Wil Cantrell introduces the series' guiding book.

The “Building Bridges” web page provides video introductions for each session, PDF guides to help discussion leaders, and a video of the sermon that initially recruited more than 100 participants to the class.

On Aug. 30, Concord kicks off the next series, “Building Bridges Part 2: Moving From Ally to Accomplice.” These sessions will be led by Frank Cuevas, vice chancellor for student life at University of Tennessee; and Dorian McCoy, director of diversity and engagement at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of Tennessee.

Concord invites all to participate in “Building Bridges Part 2” by signing up at

“Our vision was to create a quality resource churches of all sizes could use at no cost to help with these important conversations,” Cantrell said.
Concord members work through racial injustice questions.