From Atlantic to Pacific, United Church of Christ congregations, clergy and Conference leaders have marched and spoken out in response to the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. They have called for prayer and action – and for Americans to recognize the stubbornness of racism and police brutality.
For the first time ever, the United Church of Christ General Synod will gather virtually in 2021. The biennial gathering is moving entirely online next year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Church of Christ Board made this historic decision this week after considering a number of factors.
Many of us were looking forward to the new year because it was to usher in a fresh start and new possibilities.
UCC clergy from the Twin Cities and across Minnesota took to the streets on Tuesday afternoon in a silent march and a prayful protest, first in Minneapolis and then in St. Paul. The action took hundreds to the block where George Floyd was killed in police custody.
The United Church of Christ Board issues a statement of solidarity with National Officers, Conferences and local churches condemning systemic racism and pledging to build a strong anti-racist commitment in the church to show Black Lives Matter in the kingdom of God.
The virus infecting the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and other Black people in America is much older than COVID-19. It will stop killing people only if society, the church and especially white people focus relentlessly on a cure, over the long haul, using resources that are already available. That was the word from a May 31 UCC online panel discussion, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree."
Around the United States Saturday, peaceful protests calling for justice in response to the death of George Floyd morphed into violent demonstrations against police in several cities, including Cleveland. The UCC Church House was only one of two buildings in its neighborhood that escaped damage as rioters set fires, looted businesses and destroyed property in central business districts.
An online vigil organized by United Church of Christ and other faith leaders in Minnesota on Thursday, May 28, was the latest in a series of UCC responses to the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Speak up. Stand up. Show up. The National Officers of the United Church of Christ call on the Church to challenge the evil of racism and the unjust killings of black men and women at the hands of police.
As Christian churches prepare to celebrate the feast of Pentecost, unlike the disciples in Acts 2:1, we will not be “gathered in one place."