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Standing against racism: Rev. Rich Zeck

By: Dakotas-Minnesota communication team

Rev. Rich Zeck, an elder in the Dakotas Conference, and now serving Brooklyn Park UMC in the Minneapolis area, shares his insights and reflections on how people of color in his church are affected by racism, and how we in the United Methodist Church need to respond by taking a stand now.

"The fuse has been lit. Once the fuse has been lit, you cannot unlight it," says Rev. Rich Zeck. Zeck serves one of the most diverse congregations in Minnesota, Brooklyn UMC. 

He sees how racism impacts the people of color first-hand. "Every person of color has a story about how racism has changed their life."

Dismantling Racism Service Lament Square

Be a part of Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament, Wednesday, June 24, at noon CDT. Watch and participate in the denomination-wide observance at

United Methodists from around the world will gather to lament for the racism in our midst. We will also reflect on Psalm 22, have a time of communion and hear God’s call to join in the work of dismantling racism and pressing on to freedom for all.

Together, we must pray, connect, show up and act.

“Dismantling Racism: Pressing on to Freedom” is a multi-level initiative throughout the church to implement a sustained and coordinated effort to dismantle racism and promote collective action to work toward racial justice.


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