Black Lives Matter

A Statement of Support from the Metropolitan Association White Clergy New York Conference, United Church of Chris

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Today is Juneteenth. On this day we who are designated as white acknowledge our complicity in helping to create and perpetuate an unequal and unjust society where our Black sisters and brothers are catching hell. We acknowledge our complicity in what Dorothy Day called this dirty, filthy, rotten system that values some life more than others. We proclaim today with one heart and one voice and in solidarity with all whom we have harmed that Black Lives Matter, and we pledge that we will use our power and influence and sacred office to listen with a pastor’s heart to the cries of God’s people of African descent, to join in lament for the crimes committed in our names, and to participate in actions that put our bodies on the line for justice and conciliation.

We join our Metro Black clergy in confessing that:

Our nation is at war with its own soul. The United States of America must confess its original sin, slavery. It must also acknowledge lynchings, Jim Crow, and systemic racism. We join the Black clergy in the recognition that prayer by itself is not enough.  We stand with them and say that we are outraged at we see happening every day in America. Enough is enough. 

We pledge to align ourselves with the Black clergy in Metro and to accept and affirm their leadership; to employ the resources they commend to us for our ongoing education on these matters; and to take the lead in helping our own predominantly white congregations in the ongoing work of true repentance and education, and to understand that Black history is our history, and not only in February.

We say, with them, that the fight for justice requires action, sustained effort in community engagement and tenacious commitment to exercising the right to vote.  Men and women were beaten, imprisoned and killed for the right to vote.  We dare not take that right for granted and we dare not faint in the fight against the evil of voter suppression. 

Finally, we join our Black clergy to stand in solidarity with the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and many countless known and unknown Black Women and Men who have suffered brutality and abuse for over 400 years.  We affirm the right of all descendants of Africans who were enslaved in the Americas to live the lives they were created to live by God. We are asking for your support.

 

 Rev. Dr. Gary Percesepe

Acting President,

Metropolitan Association

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