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Statement from UMKR
UMKR Endorses BMCR
Call to Action, Pledges
Partnership with BIPOC
30 July 2020 – United Methodists for
Kairos Response (UMKR)
wholeheartedy endorses the eloquent
Call to Action issued by Black
Methodists for Church Renewal
(BMCR) in response to recent events
in the United States, including the
deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor
and Ahmaud Arbery. We call on all
United Methodists to join us in taking
this powerful statement to heart and
taking action on the measures BMCR
has put forth.
Both the Biblical values we embrace and the Christian principles set forth by the United Methodist Church have taught us to recognize racism, individual and systemic, as sin. We know it is our responsibility to identify, oppose, and strive to eradicate this sin and heal this brokenness wherever it arises: in ourselves, in our movement, in our church, and in our institutions and societies.
The UMKR Steering Committee commits to pursuing the long-term work of identifying and dismantling racism on multiple levels, beginning with ourselves and our movement. As we engage in that work, we pledge to hear the voices and acknowledge the leadership provided by Black people, indigenous peoples and other people of color, within our denomination, in our local communities, and around the world.
We recognize the urgent need to learn the unique history and current conditions of anti-Black racism in the United States and to give our continual attention to actions and campaigns that address this specific brand of racism, which is so deeply entrenched in American society and appears in many other societies as well.
At the same time, UMKR regards this particularly virulent strain of racism through a wider, intersectional lens. We have long appreciated the historic and ongoing solidarity – drawn from their shared experiences – between Black Americans and the Palestinian people. That relationship continues today, with the profound statements of solidarity in 2020 that have come from Palestinians in the Holy Land and the diaspora.
We expect to see that solidarity growing ever stronger, within our church and throughout the world, as Blacks, indigenous peoples, and people of color rise up to reject “the global order of domination manifested in racial, economic, cultural, and ecological oppression”** and to claim their God-given, inalienable rights. UMKR will earnestly strive to be a faithful partner in this rising.
**From ”Cry for Hope: A Call for Decisive Action” issued by Kairos Palestine and Global Kairos for Justice in July 2020.