Commission on Religion and Race
Responding to Current Events and Our Call to End RacismGrace UMC's Commission on Religion and Race met for several months to craft a statement of belief that reflects their informed view. It is their response to the goal of the Northern Illinois Conference to "address racial injustice as incompatible with Christian teaching," and to the challenge of how the church should lead as we love one another as followers of Jesus. The Grace UMC Church Council has not yet discussed this statement which reads as follows:
Grace United Methodist Church’s Commission on Religion and Race believes in Equity for ALL people. We acknowledge the harm, anger, and pain being felt across the country and around the world in connection with racial profiling and police brutality, up to and including the harassment and killings of unarmed Black persons and other people of color. This weakens the body of Christ and is not acceptable.
We denounce racism in any form and regret our complicity as the church. We decisively affirm and protect Black lives in all areas of our work, including legislative change in policies and practices beyond and including policing.
We acknowledge the frustration and anger that exists in our church family, our community and in our country in response to these injustices.
We recognize our own need for learning and growth and acknowledge this will be a difficult and ongoing process.
We will work toward ridding our community of inequities associated with race, gender, language, socioeconomic status, and other forms of marginalization.
The value and advancement of marginalized people of color is at the center of our vision. To those suffering or otherwise impacted by racism, prejudice, implicit bias, microaggressions and privilege--we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you. We believe the words of the Apostle Paul to the church in Galatia stand true today, “ There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)