Bishops to lead Service of Lament, call for dismantling racism

Several bishops of The United Methodist Church will lead the church in an online Service of Lament on Wednesday, June 24 at 12 noon Central Time to pray and lament against racism in the world, especially in the United States.

This is part of an initiative by the UMC leaders to hear God's call to dismantle racism and press on to freedom for all in the wake of the death of George Floyd and protests across the U.S. 

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

 The church-wide effort kicked off on June 19, 2020, to coincide with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S. An announcement from several United Methodist bishops was broadcast on and Facebook.

Bishops who will be participating in the Service of Lament include Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of the Louisiana Area, president of the Council of Bishops, Bishop Thomas Bickerton of the New York Area, president-designate of the Council of Bishops and Bishop Tracy Smith Malone of East Ohio Area, secretary of the Council of Bishops.

The Bishops have asked all United Methodists to join in prayer at 8:46 a.m. and p.m. for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the officer held his knee on George Floyd’s neck, for at least the next 30 days. 

Dismantling Racism: A Service of Lament, Wednesday, June 24, at 12 Noon Central Time. Watch and participate in the denomination-wide observance at