The Risk the White Church Must Take to Address Racism

by Rev. Eric Mayle. United Methodist News, June 1, 2020.


This letter from a white pastor encourages the white church to take action after the killing of George Floyd.


pastoral risk, racial equity, human dignity, systematic racism, ethnic equity, and belonging

Recommended Audience

clergy and leaders, especially in the white church



Practical Applications

  • Respond to race related tragedies by getting encouragement from this letter.
  • Start conversations about the church’ s role with race issues by discussing as a group.

About the Contributor

Terrance Bridges

Terrance Bridges is the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point and serves congregations in the Northwest portion of the state.  He is licensed with subsequent ordination from Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith. An ordained elder, Terrance combines his parish ministry with adjunct professor work for Grace College, New Horizons Christian University, and guest lecturing at colleges and universities. His consulting practice includes work in the areas of program development, evaluation, congregational strategic planning and intergenerational ministry.

Terrance has a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University in Upland, a master’s from Ball State University, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and Doctoral Studies from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is working on his culminating doctoral project in education at Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. He has served in ministry at Eastern Star Church, Indianapolis, and Union Baptist Church in Muncie. He continues his ministry service at Mt. Zion Apostolic Church, Indianapolis, through the ministerial alliance, leadership council, preaching and teaching ministries.

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