Written by William C. Winslow and Rebecca Bowman Woods
Addressing the contentious issue of reparations for slavery head on, the UCC's General Synod and the Disciples General Assembly, passed a joint resolution dealing with the matter. It calls upon congregations, regions, agencies and national ministries "to join in active study and education on issues dealing with reparations for slavery."
"We call upon the United States government to issue a national apology for participating in and supporting the kidnaping, exporting and enslaving of people of African descent," read the text of the resolution.
The UCC version added an amendment to clarify the difference between reparations and restitution, stating that reparations "can never be singularly reducible to monetary terms." The Disciples procedures do not allow for amendments to resolutions during General Assembly, except under special conditions.
The resolution asks both denominations to make scripturally-based study resources available to churches and individuals.
Winslow and Bowman Woods are free-lance writers based in New York and Cincinnati, respectively.