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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    ministries / Conference Commission on Religion and Race (CCORR)

    Imagine No Racism

    The Importance of Facilitation Training for Imagine No Racism (INR) 2.0

    While it is important for people to talk about race and their personal experiences, please understand that only trained trainers are permitted to facilitate the Imagine no Racism revised curriculum (INR 2.0).

    This is because the concepts taught in INR, such as implicit bias, white privilege, and how to deepen the conversation around racism, are not easy to grasp and difficult emotions like shame or sadness may arise. If you haven't processed these difficult emotions as a participant, you won't be able to adequately facilitate a group.

    If, after participating in an INR group, and with prayerful discernment, you feel called to facilitate, you must then complete INR 2.0 facilitation training.

    This training reinforces newer content, especially by providing a stronger connection between the curriculum and the scriptures it references. It also gives facilitators new tools to provide a non-anxious presence, and the energy, to guide the group.

    Finally, the new training offers experiential tools that help define racism, explain white privilege, white fragility, and other concepts. It provides a clear understanding of microaggressions such as tone policing and whitesplaining, and offers ways to interrupt them.

    If you're interested in facilitation training, contact Blenda Smith at bsmith@binghamton.edu.

    INR Facilitator & Participants Guides (2019 versions) and Resources
    Call to Action
    Bishop's Covenant
    "Racism is Real" Video
    Perspective Blog
    Contacts: Regional Coordinators


    INR Facilitator & Participants Guides (2019 versions) and Resources

    If you would like a copy of the INR curriculum, please contact CCORR’s Regional Coordinators: Georgia Whitney (georgiawhitney11@gmail.com), Charles Syms (buffalo615@gmail.com), or Blenda Smith (bsmith@binghamton.edu).

    Facilitating the Imagine No Racism Experience with Zoom
    Comprehensive Anti-Racism Resources
    Click here to read "What Is White Privilege, Really?" (Teaching Tolerance)

    Click here to download and print an Imagine No Racism evaluation form to be completed by the facilitator after each session. In addition to these forms, please attach an attendance sheet. All documents will be collected by your Regional Coordinators. 

    Videos:

    Bishop Webb's INR intro video


    Immaculate Perception: Implicit Bias


    Moving the Race Conversation Forward


    Dr. Robin DiAngelo's Deconstructing White Privilege

     

    Call to Action

    "It is clear that the time to act is NOW. It was unanimously agreed that it is time to break our silence."
    Click here to read the Northeastern Jurisdiction (NEJ) and the NEJ College of Bishops letter in its entirety.

    Bishop's Covenant

    Before God and with my family in Christ, I vow, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to oppose and work to eliminate the influence of racism from systems, institutions, relationships, and my own life.
    Click here to download a copy of the Imagine No Racism (INR) Covenant.

     

    "NEJ Call to Action to Eliminate Racism" Video featuring Bishop Mark J. Webb:

     

     

    "Racism is Real" Video

     

    Perspective Blog

    Many of us have seen or experienced one form of racism. Members of the Bishop's Taskforce on Eliminating Racism as well as other Conference members shared in writing how experiencing or witnessing racism has impacted them and how they have responded. Click here to read the full series.

    Contacts: Regional Coordinators

    Georgia Whitney: georgiawhitney11@gmail.com for Adirondack, Albany, Binghamton, Cornerstone, Mountain View, and Oneonta Districts.

    Charles Syms: buffalo615@gmail.com for Genesee Valley, Niagara Frontier, Crossroads, Mohawk, Finger Lakes, and Northern Flow Districts.

    There are ways for you to get involved to join in the effort to eliminate racism. For questions or additional information, contact Blenda Smith at (607) 761-0327 or email at bsmith@binghamton.edu.


    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."