We are deeply grieved by the shooting deaths of the past week. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile reveal the urgent need to dismantle white supremacy in the United States. The deaths of the Dallas police officers and of Micah Xavier Johnson point toward that same urgent task, exposing the moral and physical injuries that generations of thinking and practice have caused. As a ministry with members around the world, we stand against racial injustice everywhere.
We are committed to the truth that Black Lives Matter.
This is more than a slogan or a hashtag. It is the song of our hearts, our hands, our sermons, and our daily lives. The Son has made us free, but there are those who refuse to recognize that freedom.
The poet Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Regrettably, RevGalBlogPals’ efforts toward anti-racism and full and safe inclusion of our black colleagues, friends, neighbors, and family has not always been our best effort. For this we are most heartily sorry.
We know better. We will do better. And we will not rest until we are all free indeed.
Rev. Martha Spong, Executive Director – United Church of Christ
Rev. Julia Seymour, President – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Sarah Howe Miller, Ph.D., Vice-President – United Methodist Church
Rev. Liz Crumlish, Secretary – Church of Scotland
Rev. Amy Haynie, Treasurer – The Episcopal Church
Rev. Jemma Allen – Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia
Rev. T. Denise Anderson – Presbyterian Church (USA)
Ms. Mary Beth Butler – The Episcopal Church
Rev. Teri Peterson – Presbyterian Church (USA)
Rev. Sharon Temple – United Church of Christ
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