The Rev. Ed Schoeneck, pastor of Monroeville United Methodist Church, understands the urgency of white people growing their cultural competencies in response to racism, including white privilege and implicit bias.
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, he urged the predominantly white congregation to begin or continue their journey in dismantling racism in the United Methodist Church and their own neighborhoods in two ways:
Pastor Schoeneck had much to share with the congregation. He announced that the previous Wednesday, the Rev. Cynthia Moore KoiKoi had been elected a Bishop and on Friday morning was assigned to the Pittsburgh Area. She will become the first African American woman to serve as Bishop in the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. He encouraged the congregation to pray for and welcome her.
Pastor Schoeneck gave Monroeville United Methodist Church concrete and simple ways to begin developing cultural competencies in response to racism:
Monroeville United Methodist Church 7/17/16 Bulletin
With racial tension mounting after the killings of Dallas and Baton Rouge police officers by African Americans and the deaths of African American men at the hands of police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, the hard work in cultural competencies is timely. It is important to continue working in our local churches.