Along with many other church leaders, we have been following events, reading how others have responded, and begun to make decisions about a loving way forward that seeks justice for all. We fully endorse the following statement which was produced by the Evangelical Alliance.
Let us stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ, as we cry out for justice, as we stand with those suffering oppression, as we weep with those grieving and in pain. We all have a responsibility to act against discrimination and systemic racism in our workplaces, in our churches, in our justice system and in our wider communities. We cannot view this as a white vs black issue. This is a clarion call for us to come together and fight every form of racism in all it’s disgusting manifestations. As the church we must unite across all ethnicities in saying, and showing, that all are created equal, all people bear God’s image. There can be no place for racism in our society. We must unite and work together to see it eradicated and eliminated from all our structures and relationships. Join us as we pray for all affected by this. May the Lord move powerfully across the world at this time.
We hope you will want to reflect on these issues further and we commend to you the following online resources.
Lis & Ian
From Spring Harvest
From Kingsgate Church in Peterborough
From HTB Nicky Gumble’s 2019 talk on ‘Unity in Diversity’
From Ian Paul, theologian
We need to talk about race by Ben Lindsay
Service for Windrush Day