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DIY Rally Against Racism

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Second DIY Rally Against Racism

The DIY (Do-it-yourself) format encourages each congregation to organize an event that works for their church while bearing witness to the unity, commitment and leadership of the United Methodist Church across Northern Illinois.  Below are some things to consider.

  • Recruit a Task Force.
    The task force will not only aid in planning.  They will form the nucleus of the rally and they will naturally recruit others and build enthusiasm.
  • Set a Date and Time.
    Anytime Summer 2022
  • Decide where and with whom you want to rally.
    Each local church may decide where it can have maximum visibility.  Some ideas are,
    • If your church’s location is prominent, gather there.
    • If not, consider joining with another congregation or your entire cluster in a prominent location.
  • Decide how to observe the current COVID-19 safety precautions.
  • Register your church’s participation
    Registration will add your church’s name to the growing list of churches United Against Racism and ensure that you receive email communications.
  • Check with local authorities
    Learn if a permit is required
    Alert law enforcement to your plans
  • Publicize the Rally
    Immediately add the Rally to your church’s communication vehicle and announcements.
  • Personally Invite Members to Participate
    The most effective way to build participation is through personal invitation.  Task Force members should be encouraged to invite their circle of friends in the church.
    Consider a sermon or other means of grounding a prophetic witness against racism with our Christian faith and Wesleyan social activism.
  • Decide how you want to dress.
    Options include:
    • Your “Sunday Best” right after worship
    • Your church’s T-Shirts
    • T-Shirts with the graphic are available for purchase through United Methodist Communications
  • Decide how to convey our anti-racism message?
    • Print your own signs by downloading the graphic 
    • Purchase banners or yard signs with the graphic above at Ourteach.com or through United Methodist Communications
    • Hold a sign painting party to make homemade signs, such as:
      • “HONK for Racial Justice”
      • “Praying for Racial Justice”
      • “Tolerating Racism is Racism”
      • “Only Love can Overcome Hate”
      • “Love, Not Hate, Makes America Great”
  • Share photos and videos.
    Take photos and videos and share them on social media at #rallyagainstracism.
    Email them to communications@umcnic.org.
    After the event, the photos will be compiled into a video to be shared across the Annual Conference.
     

Register your church's rally here

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