Church condemns racism
As a congregation of committed disciples of Jesus Christ, we condemn the violence, hatred and bigotry that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend. The actions and rhetoric which the world witnessed do not represent the core values of the United States or our community and are incompatible with the life of Jesus and the nature of the Kingdom of God. We categorically reject the myth of white supremacy.
We join in fervent prayers for comfort for the families of those who died, for healing for those who were injured physically, emotionally and spiritually, for wisdom for governmental authorities as they respond to the challenges presented, and for repentance and transforming love in the lives of those who perpetrated the acts of violence and gave voice to hatred and bigotry.
We pray for Godís justice to be established and for the healing of our nation from wounds and evil that have existed for far too long.
Our hope is not found in the goodness of the human heart, but rather in the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who tears down the walls of division and who has entrusted to us a ministry of reconciliation and healing.
We long for the fullness of the Kingdom of God to be established in our midst where people of every ethnicity will gather as one and as equals under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
We commit to work for the elimination of hatred, bigotry and prejudice, and to ensure that Godís best is fully available to every person.
We proclaim that the life of Jesus is light for all people, that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
Memorial United Methodist Church Board