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The killing of Black men and women by police in the USA has brought the issues of racism and inequality into sharp focus, both here and abroad. Thousands are protesting around the world, raising prophetic cries for urgent reforms in how policing is carried out, for an end to racist discrimination in all forms, for better education of our youth, for safer and more liveable communities, and a concerted effort to eliminate the inequality in jobs, housing, and education which still characterise our societies.
The Church stands for equality. We are all children of God, worthy of love and respect. We also recognise the long history of slavery, colonisation, exploitation and oppression that scars the story of our country and others. Racism has overt as well as subtle manifestations in community life, but all forms are dehumanising and life-damaging.
We believe that God hears the cries of the oppressed. We also believe that we are all called to be God's hands and feet, to participate in building up of the Kingdom of God here and now. We stand with all people of good will who are seeking justice, and we raise our voices with theirs.
You can help by writing to express your concerns to your MPs, by joining others in demonstrations demanding change (please maintain social distancing), and by supporting anti-racist work financially.
Links to some of the relevant groups and charities:
Amnesty International (Write to your MP)
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust
ActBlue Bail Funds (to get protesters out of jail in the US)
Black Lives Matter (USA)
Click on the YouTube link above to see and hear the online worship service on Anti-Racism Sunday, 7 June 2020, including the sermon by the Rev Tim Yeager.
Christian leaders in Anti-Racism march in Ferguson, Missouri (USA)
Join us on Tuesday, 14 July at 8 pm for the final lecture in our Community Lecture Series: Urban Ministry in Chicago: Liberation Theology on the West Side.) Click on the image at right.