A new DVD study based on William Willimon’s popular book, Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love, is now available to borrow from the Media Center. Duke Divinity professor and United Methodist retired bishop Will Willimon presents the concept of “otherness” as it is found in the scriptures and in the person of Jesus Christ. He encourages Christians to recognize their own otherness and to reach out to others in love as Jesus did and calls us to do. The study is five sessions and includes a leader guide. The videos feature Rev. Dr. Willimon being interviewed by United Methodist leader Delia Catalina Ramirez. These conversations provide excellent content for discussion even for those who may not have read the book.
Just today, the Council of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church released a statement naming anti-racism as a priority for our region. What is your church going to do to participate? Studies like this one open up conversation about race and otherness in a structured format based in scripture.
The Media Center also has other resources for fighting racism including Holding Up Your Corner by United Methodist Pastor F. Willis Johnson of Ferguson, Missouri and Vital Conversations on Race, Culture, and Justice from the General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church.
For additional resources, see our Race Relations and Intercultural Competency Pathfinder.
To borrow these resources, simply fill out the Resource Request Form, or contact the Media Center with any questions. The NC Conference Media Center is open to all clergy and laity in the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, free of charge.