Church Leaders Acknowledge Racism in Our Midst

Halifax Protest over death of George Floyd

Published on: June 2, 2020Last modified on June 2, 2020

In response to the demonstrations across the United States and Canada in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and The United Church of Canada have issued a joint letter.

They write, “It is important for church members in our largely white churches to look at how we continue to perpetuate anti-Black racism, either inadvertently or intentionally. George Floyd’s words, ‘I can’t breathe,’ continue to ring in our ears; they act as a prophetic voice of the pain and re-traumatization that is coming from peoples of African descent again and again.”

In March, these same church leaders sent a letter asking churches to engage with the International Decade for People of African Descent. This new letter offers tangible ways for individuals and congregations to begin conversations and really listen to the stories that emerge.

Moderator Richard Bott adds: “I am asking people in the United Church to delve into this topic individually and at church boards. If we don’t look at this issue and realize we are part of the problem, we can’t be part of the solution. This is the work of White members of the church, and the time has come to commit ourselves to this work, for everyone’s sake.”

2 thoughts on “Church Leaders Acknowledge Racism in Our Midst”

  1. Nobody is a borned with the disease we called racism. Thankfully, it is caught only by a very small number of people. It can only be cured by the very same people who has it, but a collective effort by people of goodwill may help.
    Being a Canadian of Chinese descent I had been told to go back to where I came from. Of course that woman never knew that this is my 50th. year in Canada, longer than her existance. She also did not realize that her ancestors were immigrants to this country as well. I had travelled to over 30 countries around the world and each time I made a point of talking to the locals and found that they are largely similar; work to support their families, be left alone to live their lives in peace. When an unfortunate incident happens you just have to overlook the ignorance and move on. However the black population in the U.S. are tired of moving on and I support their peaceful protests for fair and decent treatment.

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