A STATEMENT OF UNITYPara la versión en español, vea a continuación.
August 21, 2017
PREAMBLE As pastors and ministry leaders in Richmond, Virginia, we desire to express, with a unified voice, our sorrow over last weekend’s tragic events in Charlottesville. These events underscore the broken state of our commonwealth, our country, and our world. Richmond, Virginia has long been a significant location in the dark history of racism and violence in America. As Christian leaders in this city, we declare, with a unified voice, that the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks clearly and relevantly in this particular moment. In this light, the undersigned pastors and ministry leaders of Metro Richmond unite to announce what follows.
WE AFFIRM that every human being is created in the image of God, and therefore carries the inherent value and dignity of God’s design. We affirm that the variety of human cultures on earth is a beautiful expression of God's love for diversity. We affirm that Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected not only to offer humankind the gift of eternal life, but also to shatter every division—social, political, economic, or racial—which would separate us. We affirm that God’s consummated Kingdom will be a place of rich diversity and cultural expression. We affirm that the church is called to be a community that reflects that present and future Kingdom.
WE REJECT the ideology of white supremacy, including antisemitism, as an unqualified evil, a denunciation of the gospel, and a heresy which wars against God’s design for human culture and creation. We reject the notion that white people, or any collection of humans of any culture, are superior to any other. We reject any ideology that seeks to erect or maintain divisions that God has torn down through Jesus Christ. We reject the efforts to place the good of one race or one nation above the good of all, for God desires all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.
WE REPENT because the church has been complicit in the sins of racism, either through the defense of slavery, segregation, and discrimination, or through passive silence and inactivity. We repent because Christians have played a major role in helping create the segregation and racial injustice that we see in our city and nation today. We repent of our own racism, fear, and hatred, both conscious and unconscious. We repent of our reluctance to be agents of healing and reconciliation in our churches, in our city and in our nation.
WE RESOLVE to preach, teach, and advocate against the sins of racism. We resolve to lead in the way of love, and to seek ways to heal the divisions that separate races and cultures in our city. We resolve to listen to those who have been wounded and dehumanized by racism. We resolve to pray fervently for God’s healing and reconciliation. We resolve to help our churches become more hospitable and welcoming communities to diverse people.
Finally, we resolve to pursue Jesus Christ’s perfect standard of equality, justice, and love in our churches, city, and country.
Linda Abbey, Bon Air BaptistMin Ronald Abraham, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesWallace Adams-Riley, St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchHeather Agnello, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchNorma Aguilar, Ramsey Memorial UMCRyan Ahlgrim, First Mennonite Church of RichmondCassandra Albert, East End FellowshipTremayne Albert, East End FellowshipAdlai Allen, Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church GoochlandCourtney Allen, Grace Baptist ChurchBarbara Ambrose, St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchMelaine Amerson, Remnant Church and Miraculous MassagesCarmelita Anderson, Mt. Gilead FGIMJames Anderson, BlessRVALonnie Anderson, Mt. Gilead FGIMTim Andrews, West End Presbyterian ChurchRobert Andrews, Christ Presbyterian ChurchSusan Andrews, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchJoshua Andrzejewski, VCU Health, ChaplainEva Angell, Nottoway prison ministryWilliam Angus, Christian Medical and Dental AssociationJennifer Anthony, Elevation Church - RVA ExtensionDr Scott Armistead, Richmond Christian Medical and Dental AssociationMichele Armstrong, Little Zion Baptist ChurchLisa Arnt, Mount Gilead FGIMElena Aronson, ArrabonFr. Jim Arsenault, St. Elizabeth Catholic ChurchNii Aryee, Northside Church of RichmondRandy Ashcroft, REDclay MinistriesShameika Atkins, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel international MinistriesGarretha Atkinson, Mt Gilead International MinistriesMarlene Austin, Mt Gilead FGIMJoseph B, Epiphany Lutheran ChurchEde Bahia, Richmond Life CenterAbbott Bailey, St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchDavid Bailey, ArrabonEmmett Bailey, STEP RichmondBrandon Baldwin, Cornerstone Assembly of GodMichael Bard, The WellThomas Barila, Third ChurchBetsy Barkley, Deep Passion MinistriesGretta Barnes, Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond, retire; member Holy Rosary ParishChris Barras, Area 10 Faith CommunityMatt Bates, Centenary United Methodist ChurchFrank Sheila Battle, The Battle StationWayne Beachy, First Mennonite Church of RichmondStephan Beatty, Diocese of VirginiaStefon Beck, Century ChurchHeather Beckmann, Hope ChurchMark Becton, Grove Avenue Baptist ChurchDennis and Loretta Beeman, Church of the Redeemer Catholic ChurchLeslie Belfield, Mount Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesJim Bennett, Richmond HillMitch Bennett, Mechanicsville Christian CenterScott Bergum, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchKatie Betts, Young LifeRev. Trudy Betts, Ashland Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Julie Bilodeau, CrossOver Healthcare MinistryLaShawn Blackwell, Mt. Gilead FGIMBuck Blanchard, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaWeezie Blanchard, St. Mary's Episcopal ChurchDave Blanco, Young Life- Hanover CountyCarolyn Lewis Bledsoe, Richmond Fellowship of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' WidowsEarl Bledsoe, Quioccasin Baptist ChurchAnn Blitchington, Bon Air Baptist ChurchBrian Blount, Union Presbyterian SeminaryAjai Blue-Saunders, Jobs RVA/Jobs for LifeJoel Blunk, Richmond HillBill Bngham, Cambridge Baptist ChurchCasey Bodlak, Church Hill Activities and TutoringNathan Boehm, Family Worship CenterJeff Boggess, Atlee ChurchJoseph Bolick, Epiphany Lutheran ChurchBecky Boone, Sycamore Presbyterian ChurchMolly Bosscher, St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchSandra Bottoms, Shady Grove United Methodist Church, MechanicsvilleJohn Boucher, St. Anne's Episcopal, AppomattoxMatt Bouknight, Young LifeJonathan Bowell, Manchester Church PlantPeter Bowell, Hope ChurchBrice Bowman, West End Presbyterian ChurchDavid and Linda Boyce, Kingsway Prison and Family OutreachGail Boyd, Mt Gilead Full Gospel International MinistryD Tyrone Brandon, Little Zion Baptist ChurchLloyd Braswell, Chester Baptist ChurchJanice Bricker, West End Presbyterian ChurchJoe Bricker, West End Presbyterian ChurchErich Bridges, Grace Community Baptist ChurchBryan Briggs, Destination ChurchRev. Sharon Broaddus, God's House Of RoyaltySpencer Broce, Lebanon United Methodist Church, HanoverFlorence Brooks, Pinnacle Living, ChaplainHenry Brooks, Mt. Gilead FGIMShawn Brooks, MT.Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesWendy Brooks, Mt. Gilead FGIMChris Brown, Victory Christian ChurchJoe Brown, West End Presbyterian ChurchLeah Brown, Victory Christian ChurchLeon Brown, Crown and Joy Presbyterian ChurchPhillip Brown, Huguenot Road Baptist ChurchTom Brown, United Methodist retiredRev. S. Mark Browne, Christ Community Church, AMiADon and Joyce Burgess, Hope ChurchRobert Burns, Crestwood Presbyterian ChurchGlenn Burris, The Foursquare ChurchEleanor Burt, St Paul's Episcopal ChurchHarry Burt, St Paul's Episcopal ChurchCollie and Audrey Burton, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchJeff Butler, Woodlawn Presbyterian ChurchGarvin Byrd, Word Of God FellowshipDiane Byrnes, Church of the Redeemer, CatholicFrances Caldwell, GoTaP ConsultingLynne Caldwell, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of TheologyBen Campbell, St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchVivian Campbell, DeWitt Reformed ChurchHeather Capel, Family Worship Center, ChesterfieldJason Cashing, Gregory Memorial Presbyterian ChurchAmie Carter, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesDominic Carter, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMarty Cates, Sycamore PresbyterianValerie Catrow, City Church of RichmondMike Cauthorne, Centerpoint ChurchLaurel Chalifoux, West End Assembly of GodCecil Chambers, Skipwith Baptist ChurchLynne Chambers, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchJonathan Chan, Church Hill Activities & TutoringTiffanie Chan, West End Presbyterian ChurchRobert Chesnut, Gayton Kirk PresbyterianBuddy Childress, Needle's Eye MinistriesEsther Choi, First Presbyterian ChurchDianne Claiborne, Mechanicsville Christian CenterMichael Clang, Pinnacle Living, ChaplainStephen Clark, Virginia United Methodist FoundationAlice Cates Clarke, Chester Baptist ChurchLittycia Clay-Crawley, New LIfe Community Church, ManquinPatricia E Clement D Min, St. Ann Catholic Church, Colonial Hgts.Randy Clipp, Monument Heights Baptist ChurchChris Cobb, Second Baptist ChurchMandy England Cole, Ginter Park Baptist ChurchDon Coleman, East End FellowshipMalinda Collier, St. Mark's Episcopal ChurchLandon Collins, Chestnutgrove Baptist ChurchLouis Collins, Garden of Gethsemane MinistriesMary Kay Collins, First Presbyterian Church RichmondMattie Collins, Grace Community Baptist ChurchTom Collins, Grace Community Baptist ChurchPastor Charles Cook, Embassy of Heaven MinistriesLaKeisha Cook, Saint Paul's Baptist ChurchFrances Cooper, St Mark's United Methodist ChurchAndrew Conrad, Spring Run Presbyterian ChurchSteve Constable, Stony Point ChurchOscar Contreras, Radio Host-WBTK Radio Poder 1380AMDavid Coogan, St. Paul's Episcopal ChurchJohn D Copenhaver, Methodist Federation for Social ActionGene Cornett, Bethany Place Baptist ChurchTim Cornwell, West End Presbyterian ChurchJamie and Stacy Cowen, Tikvat Israel CongregationJoy Crawford, Welborne United Methodist ChurchWayne Credle, First Shiloh Baptist ChurchGwen Corley Creighton, Peter Paul Development CenterElder Council, Grace Community Baptist ChurchTrey Critzer, Atlee ChurchLacette Cross, Restoration Fellowship RVAChris Crowley, Chamberlayne Baptist ChurchKim Crowley, River Road Church BaptistDavid Curtis, St. John's Episcopal ChurchReggie Dabney, Shiloh Baptist ChurchAnthony Dagner, Word of God International MinistriesChip Dandridge, Hope City ChurchJohn Daniel, Retired Pastor of Crestwood Presbyterian ChurchDave Danks, CityReach ChurchErik Davidson, Lyndale BaptistTodd Davidson, Three Chopt Presbyterian ChurchArnold 'Win' Davis, Cambridge Baptist ChurchBilly and Joy Davis, Caffeinated Christian MinistriesJonathan Davis, Beale Memorial Baptist ChurchJudy Webb Davis, All Saints Episcopal ChurchLaura Davis, WMUV (Woman's Missionary Union of VA)Michael Davis, Mt. Gliead Full Gospel Intl MinPrice London Davis, Mosby Memorial Baptist ChurchShannon Davis, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesTrina Davis, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMorgan Dawson, Thrive ministry at John TylerRev. Jenny Day, Bon Air United Methodist ChurchWilliam Deal, Derbyshire Baptist ChurchBecki Dean, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Bon Air, VARenee Delgado, Good Shepherd United Methodist ChurchShangwok Deng, West End Presbyterian ChurchWilliam Dericott, Everlasting Spirit MinistriesCaitlin Deyerle, Southminster Presbyterian ChurchCarolyn Mitchell Dillard, Zion Hill Baptist ChurchSarah Doerfler, West End Presbyterian ChurchClaudia Dorsey, Mt Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesKatherine Dougherty, All Souls Episcopal ChurchClint Dowda, Grace Community Presbyterian ChurchRoge Dowdy, CROSS-PATHS Ministries, United MethodistCasey Doyle, Young LifeSusan Drumwright, Third ChurchMac Dunn, West End Assembly of GodDavid Dwight, Hope ChurchJoshua Earman, City Church of RichmondSteve Eason, First Presbyterian, RichmondCraig Eastman, Cross and BarsLindon Eaves, St. Peter's Episcopal and St. John's Episcopal, RichmondSusan Eaves, St.Peter's Episcopal and St John's EpiscopalTina Eddings, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel InternationalLeonard Edloe, New Hope FellowshipTyler Edmonds, All Saints Apostolic ChurchGloria Edrys, West End Assemblies of GodKen Edwards, Board Chair, S.T.E.P. RichmondRobin Edwards, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchLissa Eggleston, Crestwood Presbyterian ChurchJeff Ell, North City ChurchWilliam Ellis, First Baptist Church, Ashland, VaPastor Joe Ellison, City Park ChurchRaymond Elmore, Chamberlayne Baptist ChurchKerra Becker English, Ashland Presbyterian ChurchAlexander Evans, Second Presbyterian - RichmondCharlotte Evans, Westminster Canterbury RichmondAlexis Fathbrucknet, Retire UMC clergyJeff Fehn, Harmony Vineyard ChurchEniko Ferenczy, Southminster Presbyterian ChurchJames Ferguson, Richmond Christian Center Inc.Renee Ferguson, Richmond Christian Center, Inc.Tony and Lara Finnie, West End Presbyterian ChurchBeverly Fitch, Inner Healing MinistriesBrian Fleming, Colonial Place Christian ChurchThe Rev. Louis Florio, Messiah LutheranDaniel Floyd, Lifepoint ChurchPatience Flynn, St. Giles ChurchChristy Foldenauer, Tomahawk Baptist ChurchAmy Foley, Camp Hope / Hope For FamiliesHarrison Ford, Reformed University Fellowship at VCUJerimy Ford, PCC (Passion Community Church)Douglas Forrester, Reveille United Methodist ChurchNicholas Forti, The Fork Church of St Martin's ParishSarah Forti, Ramsey United Methodist ChurchElaine Bowen Fowler, Providence Presbyterian ChurchJeffery Fox, Abundant Life Church of DeliveranceSusan Fox, Unitarian Universalist Community Church Glen AllenSammy Frame, Praxis ChurchShawn Franco, Cornerstone Assembly of GodLouAnn Frederick, Richmond District,United Methodist Church, retiredMatt Fretwell, Oak Hall Baptist ChurchMike Frontiero, Union Presbyterian SeminaryEric Fulcher, Hunton Baptist ChurchAndrew Fuller, World HorizonsTucker Frye, Young LifeCynthia Gaines, Spring Creek Baptist Church Bridge BuildersDebra Gannaway, Mt. Gilead FGIMChristine Garcia, Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, Richmond, VATerry Menefee Gau, St. Thomas' Episcopal ChurchAlonza George, Garden of Gethsemane MinistriesTim Gerde, Retired United Methodist ChurchHoward Germany, Carlisle Avenue Baptist ChurchKevin Germer, Christ Presbyterian ChurchCarmen Germino, St. James's Episcopal ChurchSarah Gholson, Trinity United Methodist Ch. Amelia, VAMarie Giblin, Sacred Heart ChurchJon Gibson, Restoration ChurchMarvin Gilliam, Jr., Mount Oni Baptist ChurchBeth Givens, Welborne United Methodist ChurchJasen Glasbrenner, YWAM VirginiaDaniel Glaze, River Road Church, BaptistWendell Globig, East End FellowshipFrank Goare, Hunton Baptist ChurchMike and Jennifer Godzwa, Richmond Chi Alpha Campus MinistriesSusan Goff, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaKatir B. Gooch, The Pace Center -VCU's United Methodist Campus MinistryAaron Goodman, United ChurchThomas Goodrich, Meadows Presbyterian ChurchCarter Goolsby, Mechanicsville Christian CenterPatricia Gould-Champ, Faith Community Baptist ChurchMaurice Graham, Shepherd's Staff MinistryShirley Smith Graham, Christ Church EpiscopalJoyce Grambo, Varina Church of the NazarenePaul Granger, Church Hill Activities and TutoringR Charles Grant, Presbytery of the James - 1st Congregational Christian UCCGale Grant, Swansboro Baptist ChurchCatherine Gray, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesCarol Green, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesDavid Green, Christ Community Church, AMIAGeorge Greene, St Giles ChurchKevin Greene, West End Presbyterian ChurchKim Greene, West End Presbyterian ChurchPierre Greene, Poplar Mount Baptist ChurchRev. James Griffin, St. Paul's Catholic ChurchKendra Grimes, Chaplain, Randolph-Macon CollegeSam Grozdanov, Branch's Baptist ChurchRay Gryder, EcuMENTORS Inc.Norma and Edward Guenther, Church of the Redeemer, MechanicsvilleScott Gwynn, Christ Presbyterian ChurchConrad Haas, St. Mary's Church, Suffolk, VADonald Habersack, The Family Worship CenterJon-Marc Haden, FOCUS RichmondBen Hadley-Goggin, United Methodist ChurchSarah Hale, Urban HopeOtis Hall, Bon Air Baptist churchJim Hamacher, Middle District Baptist AssociationSean Hamon, First Baptist AshlandJ. Scott Harding, The Father's House ChurchLyn Whitley Harding, Welborne United Methodist ChurchJames T. Hardy, HOPE MinistriesDan Hargreaves, Christ Presbyterian ChurchBetsy Hart, Robinson Theater//United ChurchDuane E. Hardy, Seven Pines Baptist Church, President, Henrico Ministers' ConferenceAlbert Harris, Mt.Gilead FGIMBrian Harris, Rural Health Group, Inc.Clover Harris, River of Life Community Church Assemblies of GodEvelyn Harris, Good Shepherd Baptist ChurchPeyton Harris, River of Life Community ChurchTiffany Harris-Greene, Poplar Mount Baptist ChurchMike Harton, Member, Richmond's FBCKip Hart, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at VCUTracy Hartman, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, West Richmond Church of the BrethrenJosh Hayden, First Baptist Church AshlandTheresa Headen, Mt Gilead FGIMDan Helland, East End Assembly of GodBishop Alroy S Henderson, New Direction Overcomer's International FellowshipMike Hennigan, Victory Christian ChurchMatthew Hensley, Huguenot Road Baptist ChurchChad Herndon, New Song Church, a United Methodist Faith Community (Mechanicsville)Roger Hershberger, Youth With A MissionRobert Hetherington, Richmond HillDerwin Hickman, Divine World Changers International MinistriesLinda Higgins, St John's UCCRock Higgins, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaAmanda Hill, Virginia Commonwealth University HealthChad Hill, JCUMCDouglas Hill, United Methodist Church, RetiredKeith Hill, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchSarah Hill, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchLoral Hoagland, Swift Creek Presbyterian Church Bridge BuildersRoy Hoagland, Swift Creek Presbyterian Church Bridge BuildersRob Hodous, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at University of RichmondMichael Hogue, West End Alliance ChurchDonna Holder, Westover Hills United Methodist ChurchErin Holler, Grace Community Presbyterian ChurchMark Holland, St. Stephens Baptist ChurchCharles Thomas Holliday, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaGuy Holloway, Grace Community Baptist ChurchSarah Holloway, ArrabonTim Holtz, Richmond Christian Leadership Initiative (RCLI)Chetara Hooker, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMatt Hoole, Mechanicsville Christian CenterBecky Hopkins, Bon Air Baptist ChurchKathy Hoppe, Shepherd of the ValleyFrederick Horn, Ginter Park Baptist ChurchAaron Houghton, Ampthill Presbyterian ChurchMelisa Hubbard, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesJon Huckins, The Global Immersion ProjectKaren Howe, West End Presbyterian ChurchBrian Hughes, Passion Community ChurchMark Hughes, West End Baptist Church, N. DinwiddieBobby Hulme-Lippert, Grace Covenant Presbyterian ChurchBob Hummer, Moments of Hope OutreachKarla Hunt, Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, Richmond, VADontay Hunter, Columbus Christian CenterRodney Hunter, Wesley Memorial United Methodist ChurchDarryl Husband, Mt. Olivet ChurchRick Hutton, Third ChurchJoel Ingram, Tabernacle Baptist ChurchLaura Inscoe, RetiredRay Inscoe, Presbytery of the JamesClinton Jackson, Pine Street Baptist ChurchGregory Jackson, Mount Olive Baptist ChurchMario Jackson, Northside Church of RichmondMarlon Jackson, Commanded Harvest MinistriesMichele Jacques, Free Woman, Free WorldCarla Jean-McNeil Jackson Esq., Saint Paul's Baptist ChurchJanet James, The Gayton KirkWilliam James, United Methodist RetiredPastor Yolanda James, Anointing Women of A Greater Call International Outreach MinistryHeather Jarvis, West End Presbyterian ChurchMike Jefferson, Mechanicsville Christian CenterAnn Jenkins, Metropolitain Church of RichmondButch Johnson, Northside Outreach CenterDarcey Johnson, River Road United Methodist ChurchElizabeth Johnson, Mt Gilead Full Gospel Baptist ChurchEverett Johnson, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesGeraldine Johnson, Abundant Life Church of ChristJeremy Johnson, Urban DoxologyMinister Lydia Johnson, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesRobert Johnson, New Hanover Presbyterian ChurchBishop Ramone Johnson, Kingdom Covenant Empowerment Center Dinwiddie, VASandra Johnson, Mount Olivet ChurchSheena Johnson, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesSheryl Johnson, RVA Rapid Transit Clergy CommitteeKeith Johnston, Retired pastor, Presbytery of the JamesShannon S. Johnston, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaAnthony Jones, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesGary Jones, St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchHerbert Jones, Church of Our Saviour, EpiscopalJimia Jones, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesKim Jones, Mt Gilead FGIMShaka Jones, Mount Gilead fgimSheretta Jones, Mt Gilead FGIMTerrance Jones, Mountain of Blessings Christian CenterTravis Jones, Motivation ChurchCliff Jordan, Movement ChurchMac Jordan, Bon Air Baptist Buford Road CampusMark Jordan, Ironbridge ChurchLJ Jaworski, Third ChurchTim Joyce, YMCA of Greater RichmondBJ Joyner, Hope ChurchJesse Joyner, For HIS Kidz MinistriesBrian Justice, St Paul's Episcopal ChurchLisa Kearse, Crown of Life MinistriesEdward Keating, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchKristopher Keating, Hillside Missions OrganizationDavid Keill, Christ Ascension Episcopal Church, Richmond, VAJay Kelchner, Shady Grove United Methodist Church (Mechanicsville)Jesse Kell, Elijah House AcademyBobby Kelland, Stony Point PresbyterianMargaret Kelland, Stony Point PresbyterianMary Kelley, St. Edward the Confessor Catholic ChurchLaura Kelly, ChaplainJanet Kelly, Virginia's Kids BelongJohn Kelly, West End Assembly of GodNikki Kelly, West End Assembly of GodJoe Kendrick, Black CreekJohn Kerr, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Blackstone, VASusan Kerr, Old North ChurchCarla Pratt Keyes, Ginter Park Presbyterian ChurchRonnie Kitt, Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church, GoochlandPaul Klassen, Hope for IsraelJoseph Klenzmann, Church of The Holy ComforterEvie KlingFritz Kling, Third ChurchMaia Kling, Third ChurchVal Kling, Third ChurchJames Kniseley, Christ LutheranCraig Kocher, Chaplain, University of RichmondDeborah Koontz, Ramsey Memorial United Methodist ChurchRuss Kowalski, Mila United Methodist ChurchCurt Kruschwitz, Goochland Baptist ChurchJonathan Kruschwitz, Gayton Road Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Nicole Kuhl, Harvest Renewal ChurchDennis Lacheney, Christian Life ChurchKyle Lacheney, Christian Life ChurchKenny Lambiotte, U-Turn SportsKamau Lancaster, Mt. Gilead FGIMWynne Lankford, Southside Church of The NazareneJohn Lassiter, Atlee ChurchTim Latham, Third ChurchPhil Lawson, Gayton Baptist ChurchKathleen Layman, CruGene LeCouteur, St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchPaul L'Ecuyer, Christian Life ChurchPatsy Ledford, Stony Point Presbyterian ChurchAlan Lee, Stony Point ChurchBob Lee, Huguenot Road Baptist ChurchCindy Lee, New Song United Methodist ChurchJeff Lee, Restoration ChurchRusty Lee, Westhunt BaptistJohn Lefler, RiverCity ChurchKendra Lefler, RiverCity ChurchLarry Lenow, Trinity United Methodist ChurchKathryn Lester-Bacon, Second Presbyterian ChurchRobert Lewis, Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church (C'ville)Sandra Lewis, Grace & Peace Community MinistriesSharma D. Lewis, Resident Bishop of The United Methodist Church, Virginia ConferenceSharon Lewis, Open Well RVADr. Steve Lewis, Dean, Higher Learning Bible InstituteTom Lewis, PCC - Passion Community ChurchMelissa Lincoln, Third ChurchBeverly Lindsey, St. John's United Church of ChristCharles Lindsey, Mount Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesCindy Lindsey, Mount Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesRose Lindsey, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesLeonard Liu, Evergreen Community ChurchDevin Livingston, Community of Grace ChurchLauren Lobenhofer, Gum Spring United Methodist ChurchCarolyn Loftin, Urban HopeSherman Logan, First Unitarian Universalist of RichmondRandy Lohr, Christ The King Lutheran ChurchMichael Lomax, Westwood Baptist ChurchAnn Long, West End Presbyterian ChurchHarry Long, Sycamore Presbyterian ChurchMatt Lorish, Northside Church of RichmondTom Love, Hope ChurchRev. Fletcher Lowe, St. Paul's EpiscopalDebra Lucas, St. Peter's United Methodist Church, MontpelierDavid Luck, West End Alliance ChurchChristopher Luhrman, CruLori Luhrman, Cru @ VCUTom Lynch, First Baptist Church, AshlandMalcoln Lynch, Associate Minister, Quioccasin Baptist ChurchMaria Lynn, Hatcher Memorial Baptist ChurchKen and Olivia MacDonald, Swift Creek Presbyterian Church, Bridge BuildersLillian Macpherson, YWAM VirginiaJacqueline Madison-McCreary, Spring Creek Baptist ChurchCarol Maher, ManyWaters Ministries, INC and St Francis Episcopal ChurchJohn Maher, St. Francis Episcopal ChurchGina Maio, Church Hill AcademyDianne Mallory, Bon Air Baptist & Transformative Leadership SolutionsMarilyn Maloney, Swift Creek Presbyterian Church Bridge BuildersRev. Rachel Manke, Christ the King LutheranMary Richerson Mann, Westover Baptist ChurchGrant Mansfield, Seminarian, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaKrista Manuel, Chester United Methodist ChurchGordon Mapes, Chester Presbyterian ChurchJoan Maples, Central Baptist ChurchTerry Maples, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of VirginiaKim Marble, Corridor Faith Community, Route 1 (Chesterfield)Jordan Maroon, Needle's Eye MinistriesDan Marotta, Redeemer Anglican ChurchChristine Luckritz Marquis, Union Presbyterian SeminaryRocky Marrin, 3WIDE MinistriesJason Marshall, Cornerstone Assembly of GodJeff Martin, Ironbridge ChurchJesse Martin, Atlee ChurchPhillip Martin, Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran ChurchRichard Martin, Huguenot Road Baptist ChurchAdam Martino, United ChurchMichael Maruca, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal SchoolJerimy Mask, East End FellowshipDale and Kathy Mast, YWAM VirginiaWillie Matos, West End Alliance ChurchJake Maxwell, Bon Air Baptist ChurchRachel May, Boulevard UMCTom May, Celebration Church & Outreach MinistryMichael Maye, Spirit of Fire FellowshipClaire McAuliffe, Cambridge Baptist Church; Sigma Alpha Omega Christian Sorority IncWendy McCaig, Embrace RichmondJoshua McCauley, Duncan Memorial United Methodist ChurchLynn McClintock, Westminster Canterbury RichmondMicah McCreary, New Brunswick Theological SeminaryAmanda McCullough, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Randolph-Macon CollegeAmelia McDaniel, St. Mary's Episcopal ChurchRick McDaniel, Richmond Community ChurchLisa McGehee, Good Shepherd United Methodist ChurchSteve McGehee, St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchChris McLain, Shady Grove United Methodist ChurchDaniel McNamara, InterVarsity at Reynolds Community CollegeJay McNeal, United Faith LeadersJoseph McWilliams, Trinity United Methodist ChurchTracie Meadows, Third ChurchDanny Meads, The Celebration CenterTom and Marci Meels, St. GilesJessie Mejias, Finding Home InstituteBrent Melton, All Saints Episcopal ChurchMichael Mercatante Jr, Good Shepherd United Methodist ChurchMatt Merrill, Crestwood Presbyterian ChurchShanita Mickie, Young Life/YoungLives Metro RichmondGeorge Miley, Antioch Network Family of MinistriesAnna Perry Miller, Westhunt Baptist ChurchDean Miller, Baptist General Association of VirginiaJeff Mills, Renewal Church - VarinaAnn Mingione, Gathering of Friends, Portsmouth, VAAndrea Mitchell, The Barnabas CenterKevin Moen, Concord Baptist ChurchCatherine F Moffett, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchGrant Larry Moffett, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchCathy Wells Monroe, United Methodist Church (retired)Peter Moon, District Superintendent Richmond District United Methodist ChurchCorell Moore, First Presbyterian ChurchDwayne Moore, Mechanicsville Christian CenterAndrew Moore, St. Mary's Episcopal ChurchJustin Moore, Peace Hill Christian FellowshipMelissa Moore, Peace Hill Christian FellowshipSherrie Moore, Common Thread Ministries/RIHOPETommy Moore, Area 10 Faith CommunityKate Moorehead, St John's Episcopal CathedralJoel Morgan, Westminster Presbyterian Church, RichmondKerin Morgan, Aqua-Tots Swim SchoolsC. Diane Mosby, Anointed New Life Baptist ChurchMike Murchie, CrossOver Healthcare MinistryPeter Murchie, Third ChurchMalcolm and Lois Myers, Third ChurchTommy Nance, Aim Church-AshlandPenny Nash, St. Stephen's Episcopal ChurchFrancis Nelson Jr, Holy Rosary Catholic ChurchCorinne Nguyen, Bon Air Baptist ChurchJason Nicholas, Commonwealth ChapelRev. J. David Niemeyer, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Richmond VATony Nieves, Bikers for Christ M/M RVAKeith Nix, Veritas SchoolLinette Nolen, Good Shepherd United Methodist ChurchTodd Ofslager, Church in the home RichmondCarolyn Ogrosky, Be the Bridge to Racial Unity - South Midlothian ChapterSherrell Ongaro, Mt Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesRev. Louis Orsatti, Second Baptist Church at River, Spanish LanguageJeanette Ortiz, St. Augustine RC ChurchCandy Osdene, Grace and Holy Trinity Richmond VirginiaLisa Ould, The Barnabas CenterNelson Ould, Community West ChurchDavid Outhous, Grace Community Presbyterian ChurchJohnnie Overstreet, Greater Heigths COGICCheryl Owen-Watson, Centernary United Methodist ChurchMichelle Freeman Owens, Union Presbyterian SeminaryMario Palma, Jesus Reigns International ChurchSvetlana Papazov, Real Life ChurchKenyo Paraiso, Wave ChurchJennifer Parham, Third ChurchBrent Parker, Lifepoint ChurchNelson Parker, Northside CaresPaula Owens Parker, Roots Matter LLCDavid Patterson, Divine Providence MinistriesDrewry Oxford, 3rd PresbeterianRaymond Partridge, Richmond Christian Center, IncJason Pascale, Church of the Nations RichmondJoel Passmore, Northside Church of RichmondDoug Paul, East End FellowshipDrew Paulette, Manchester Church PlantChip Payne, Harvest Renewal ChurchJennifer Payne, PCC-FarmvilleLiz Pearce, St. Thomas' Episcopal ChurchDana Peebles, Gordonsville United Methodist ChurchMacon N Pegram, First Baptist AshlandSonia Peña, Destiny City FellowshipVictor M Peña, Destiny City FellowshipVictor Manny Peña, Destiny City FellowshipDavid Peppler Sr, Chamberlayne Baptist ChurchChristina Perera, Christina Perera Ministries, Inc.Jennifer Pergerson, Mt.Gilead International MinistriesBecky Peters, The Bridge RVAKen Peters, The Bridge RVACarl Peyton, Southside Baptist ChurchRobert Pfeifer, Stony Point Presbyterian ChurchBetty Pflieger, St. Paul Catholic Church, RichmondJoe Pierce, First Baptist Ashland, VARachel Pierce, First Baptist Church AshlandScott Pharr, Christian Life ChurchRagan Phillips, Hawk Hill AssociatesPaul Pleasants, Calvary Baptist (Saluda)Kathryn Pocalyko, Lutheran Church of Our SaviourRob Pochek, First Baptist Church of Charlottesville (Park Street)Jack Podsiadlo, Sacred Heart CenterDoug Ponder, Remnant ChurchHerbert L. Ponder, Mount Tabor Baptist ChurchStephen Poore, Center ChurchBryan Pope, Passion Community Church/ PCCRichard Popielarz, West End Alliance ChurchAmy Popovich, East End FellowshipMelody Porter, Boulevard United Methodist ChurchLenny Ports, Encounter Christian ChurchNancy Poti, Trinity Church, BaptistKia Potts, Liberation Church InternationalTraci Powers, Woodland Heights Baptist ChurchKristin Prasad, Gayton Baptist ChurchSarah Price, Seminarian, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaKen Priddy, Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchDominic Pritchett, Truth MinistriesJacki Prock, Heaven In HealingJim Pulizzi, City Church of RichmondJeanne Pupke, First Unitarian Universalist ChurchMarty Purks, InterVarsity@The College of W&MLowell Qualls, La Iglesias de BendicionBill Queen Jr, Christ and Grace Episcopal, PetersburgJamie Radtke, WE BelievePeter Rai, Ray Of Hope InternationalRick Raines, Fairmount Christian ChurchLauren Ramseur, Bon Air Presbyterian ChurchDeidre Randolph, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMatthew Rawls, Dir. of Youth Ministries, St. Mary's EpiscopalAndrew Redford, The Christian Counseling and Training CenterJoe Reeves, Tabernacle of Praise Ministries InternationalKathi Reid, Lott CareyKimberly Reinholz, Grace and Holy Trinity Church, Episcopal Campus Ministry at VCUMairi Renwick, Union Presbyterian SeminaryNelson Reveley, Clergy Committee for Rapid TransitDiana Revels, Spring Creek Baptist ChurchRev. Braunda L. Ridley, Riverview Baptist ChurchSuzanne Riehl, First Presbyterian ChurchCarlos Rivera, New Life Outreach ChurchJan Rivero, Wesley Memorial UMCKenneth Roberts, Richmond Firefighters AssociationBishop Daniel Robertson Jr., Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Min.CoPastor Elena Robertson, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Min.Tony Robinson, West End Assembly of GodErrol Rohr, PCUSA, Minister Honorably RetiredErin Rose, East End Fellowship/Urban DoxologyKeith Rowell, Thrive ChurchCarson Rhyne, Presbytery of the JamesPhoebe Roaf, St. Philip's Episcopal ChurchMike Robinson, River City Faith NetworkNancy Robinson, General Board of Global Ministries, UMC MissionaryCheryle Rodriguez, Spring Creek Baptist ChurchKathy Rolph, Grace & Holy Trinity ChurchMegan Rollins, Boaz & RuthDorryce Rudd, Branch's Baptist ChurchMelinda Ruhl, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesRev. Lisa Salita, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church KenbridgeBrandon Samuel, Commonwealth ChapelKeith Sanders, Fountain Baptist ChurchSonia Santos, The Life ChurchEd Satterfield, Third ChurchMargie Satterfield, Center for Christian CounselingAlex Sawyer, Third ChurchJohn Sawyer, Bon Air Baptist - James River CampusHarold Sayles, State Chaplain-Veterans of Foreign Wars Dept. of VirginiaShane Schlesman, West End Assembly of GodRifle Schutte, Harvest Renewal ChurchSarah Marsh Schutte, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchMichael Sciretti Jr, University of Richmond ChaplaincyIvory C Scott Sr, Second Baptist ChurchSterling Severns, Tabernacle Baptist Church (Fan District)Jim and Mary Shakespeare, West End Assembly of GodSteve Shelby, West End Presbyterian ChurchMatt and Anna Shenk, CruCraig Sherouse, Second Baptist ChurchPatricia Shipley, Centenary United Methodist ChurchCharlotte Shirey, West End Presbyterian ChurchChic Silver, St. Giles- Richmond, VARenita Simons, Mt Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesJ. David Singh, Eternity ChurchSue Sinnamon, Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond RVAAnnette Sirica, Our Lady of Lourdrs Catholic ChurchRev. Sally Ann McKinsey Sisk, Colonial Heights Presbyterian ChurchKevin Skellett, Southside Church of The NazareneMike Sloan, Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian EnvironmentCharity Smith, Northside Church of RichmondCindy Smith, Mechanicsville Christian CenteE. Henry Smith, Mechanicsville Christian CenterFaye Smith, Mt Gilead Full Gospel Int'l MinistriesGreg Smith, Third ChurchHilary Smith, Church of the Holy ComforterSha'tan Smith, Mt Gilead full Gospel International MinistriesSylvester Smith, Good Shepherd Baptist ChurchT. Todd Smith, Skipwith United Methodiist ChurchYvonne Smith, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchJason Snook, Commonwealth ChapelJim Somerville, First Baptist ChurchKen Sorrell, Movement ChurchJoshua Soto, Remnant ChurchO. Benjamin Sparks, Presbyterian Minister (ret'd)Brandon Spurlock, CruBlake Stack, City Church of RichmondRobert Stamps, United Methodist Church- Retired ClergyChauncey Starkey, Praxis ChurchStephen Starzer, Fairfield Presbyterian ChurchDurk Steed, Presbytery of the JamesJonathan Stells, House of PrayerStephen Stells, House of PrayerRev. Joe Stephenson, Friendship Baptist Church, retiredRonald Stilwell, BCCMichael Stinson, 2nd Life SocietyJoyce Stith, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMichael Stock, FCARVATom Stocks, Bon Air Baptist ChurchBeth Stoddard, PCCCynthia Stratton, Bon Air Christian ChurchKathryn Straw, West End Assembly of GodHilary Streever, St. James's Episcopal ChurchSharon Strickland, Mount Gilead Full InternationalSteven Summers, Good Shepherd United Methodist ChurchJudith Sutherland, Retired, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A)Crystal Sygeel, Union Presbyterian SeminaryTad Tadlock, As We Journey MinistriesCharlotte Talley, The Stream a Vineyard ChurchJames Talley, The Stream a Vineyard ChurchMark Tapscott, Atlee ChurchKim Taulbee, Third ChurchHeath Taws, Spring Run Presbyterian ChurchAngela Taylor, World Outreach Worship CenterCarolyn Taylor, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesDarrell Taylor, Fairfield Baptist Church, PastorNathan Taylor, Center for Baptist Heritage and StudiesRobin Teasley, Christ Church EpiscopalKambui Tendaji, Journey Christian ChurchAndrew Terry, St. Peter's Episcopal ChurchDave Terry, Life Changing Productions RVA, IncKristin Tetterton, West End Presbyterian ChurchChanell Thomas, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesMark Thomas, Thrive ChurchSonya Thomas, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesNichole Thompson, LEAP for ReformRobert Thompson, First Baptist Church RichmondDouglas Thorpe, Virginia Institute of Pastoral CareMary Thorpe, Episcopal Diocese of VirginiaKenny Timley, Evolution ChurchLarry Tingle, United Methodist Clergy, retiredRob Toepfert, Passion Community ChurchKaryn Touw, Gateway Pentecostal ChurchTim Toy, Young LifeRev. Kim Triplett, Lutheran Church of Our SaviorCorinne Tucker, Northside Church of RichmondChristy Haga Turner, Westhampton United Methodist Church, Richmond, VADavid Turner, Central Baptist ChurchJennifer Turner, Oregon Hill Baptist CenterLynn Turner, Richmond's First Baptist ChurchPhilip Turner, Pine Street Baptist ChurchRev. Sylvester Turner, Pilgrim Baptist ChurchJackie Twedell, Bethany Christian ChurchChristopher Tweel, Grace Covenant Presbyterian ChurchTyrian Tyler, Mt. Gilead FGIM-Richmond, VANic Uebel, Baptist Collegiate Ministries at VCUNicole Unice, Hope ChurchJohn Upton, BGAVDarren Utley, Fairfield Presbyterian ChurchRev.Juan Pablo Valderrama, Iglesia Episcopal de ColombiaRhonda VanHuss, Third RVAJohn Vest, The Joyful Feast and Union Presbyterian SeminaryBrenda Vickers, East End FellowshipEd Vinson, Hanover Evangelical Friends ChurchRev. Suzanne L. Vinson, Grace Baptist ChurchRichard Voelz, Union Presbyterian SeminaryMicah Voraritskul, Hope Church MidtownJohn Wagler, Hill City ChurchLacy Wagler, Hill City ChurchTodd Waldo, United ChurchRev. Dr. Brenda Walker, Three Chopt PresbyterianCallie Walker, Tabernacle UMC and Trinity UMCCorey D. B. Walker, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union UniversityJanie Walker, Richmond HillTyAsia Walker, Mt Gilead Full Gospel International MinisteriesAndrew Ware, Wood's United Methodist ChurchTravis Warren, Spring Hill Baptist ChurchDamon Omar Watson, Spring Creek Baptist ChurchDoug Watson, Harvest Renewal ChurchRebecca Weaver, The Gayton Kirk, PresbyterianWillam Weber, Cathedral of the Sacred HeartWillis Weber, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Capital AreaDarius Webster, Samaria Baptist ChurchMichael Weeks, Slash Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)David Wein, Tikvat Israel Messianic SynagogueStephen Weir, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring (CHAT)Alan Wentz, Three Chopt Presbyterian ChurchAllison White, Third ChurchAyuko White, Faith Community Baptist ChurchDorothy A. White, Episcopal ClergyJo White, St. Giles Presbyterian ChurchKathy White, Third ChurchMike White, Stony Point Presbyterian ChurchTim White, Calvary Chapel RichmondElizabeth Whiting, East End FellowshipJosh Whitlow, Heights ChurchKathy Wibberly, Christ Presbyterian ChurchCorey Widmer, Third ChurchCrystal Wiley-Perry, Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International MinistriesElnora Williams, Trustees Ministry of Richmond and VicinityLindsey Williams, Kirk O'Cliff Presbyterian ChurchLouis Williams, Chief of Chaplains for the Richmond City Sheriff's Office and Life Transformation ChurchMarti Williams, Into the NeighborhoodMatthew Williams, KingsWay Community ChurchTiont Williams, Richmond City Young LifeKen Willis, Carriage Hill ChapelBrian Wills, Healing For The NationsAmelie Wilmer, St. John's Episcopal ChurchDavid Wilson, Metropolitan Community Churches Eastern USA Network Co-LeaderDrew Willson, Trinity United Methodist ChurchHarold Wilson Jr., Victory Life FellowshipZach Wilson, CruCassandra Winger, St John's Episcopal ChurchKortney Wingo, Mt GileadJanet Winslow, Bon Air Presbyterian ChurchCassandra Winston, Mt. Gilead Full International GospelGlendora Winston, The Master's Touch ChurchKen Winter, Grove Avenue Baptist ChurchBrooke Winters, ArrabonChris and Sue Withers, West End Assembly of GodMurray Withrow, Servant PartnersKaren Witt, Providence Presbyterian ChurchStacy Wittkamp, Open Well RVAJaime Woltz, West End Assembly of GodJeremy Woltz, West End Assembly of GodGary Wood, Grove Avenue Baptist ChurchSue Wood, Grove Avenue Baptist ChurchTravis Woods, Youth ImpactMargaret Woody, St. Thomas Episcopal RichmondRob Wootton, River's Edge Bible ChurchHayden Workman, Community West ChurchEverett Worthington, Christ Presbyterian ChurchSteve Wozny, Stony Point Presbyterian ChurchAdrienne Wright, U-TURN SPORTS, INCRoss Wright, Center ChurchDavis Wrinkle, St Paul's EpiscopalFakhri Yacoub, The Christian Arabic ChurchRob Yancey, Velocity Christian ChurchMichael Yardley, The Rise ChurchRev . Elizabeth Yates, Retired, Ev. Lutheran Church in AmericaGwendolyn Young, The Lord's Healing Church, Inc.Karen-Marie Yust, Union Presbyterian SeminaryChristopher Zinchuck, YWAM VirginiaCasey Zollinhofer, West End Presbyterian Church
Press Event this MondayPastors and ministry leaders are invited to come together with one voice this Monday, August 21st at 10 a.m. at the Maggie Walker Statue for a press event where we will share this statement. Please note that parking near the statue – located at Broad and Adams Streets - is somewhat limited, so plan to arrive early and carpool if possible.UNA DECLARACIÓN DE UNIDAD DE LOS PASTORES Y LÍDERES DE MINISTERIO DE METRO RICHMOND
21 de agosto de 2017
PREÁMBULO Como pastores y líderes ministeriales en Richmond, Virginia, deseamos expresar, con una voz unificada, nuestra tristeza por los trágicos eventos del pasado fin de semana en Charlottesville. Estos eventos subrayan el estado roto de nuestra comunidad, nuestro país y nuestro mundo. Richmond, Virginia ha sido durante mucho tiempo un lugar importante en la oscura historia del racismo y violencia en América. Como líderes Cristianos en esta ciudad, declaramos, con una voz unificada, que el Evangelio de Jesucristo habla con claridad y pertinencia en este momento particular. A la luz de esto, los pastores y líderes ministeriales de Metro Richmond se comprometen a anunciar lo siguiente.
AFIRMAMOS que cada ser humano es creado a la imagen de Dios, y por lo tanto, lleva el valor inherente y la dignidad del diseño de Dios. Afirmamos que la variedad de culturas humanas en la tierra es una hermosa expresión del amor de Dios por la diversidad. Afirmamos que Jesucristo fue crucificado y resucitado no sólo para ofrecer a la humanidad el don de la vida eterna, sino también para destruir todas las divisiones -sociales, políticas, económicas o raciales- que nos separaran. Afirmamos que el consumado Reino de Dios será un lugar de rica diversidad y expresión cultural. Afirmamos que la iglesia está llamada a ser una comunidad que refleje ese Reino presente y futuro.
RECHAZAMOS la ideología de la supremacía blanca, incluyendo el antisemitismo, como un mal incondicional, una denuncia del evangelio y una herejía que se opone al diseño de Dios para la cultura y la creación humana. Rechazamos la idea de que los blancos, o cualquier conjunto de seres humanos de cualquier cultura, son superiores a cualquier otro. Rechazamos cualquier ideología que busque erigir o mantener divisiones que Dios ha derribado a través de Jesucristo. Rechazamos los esfuerzos para colocar el bien de una raza o una nación por encima del bien de todos, porque Dios desea que todas las personas sean salvas y lleguen al conocimiento de la verdad.
NOS ARREPENTIMOS porque la iglesia ha sido cómplice de los pecados del racismo, ya sea a través de la defensa de la esclavitud, la segregación y la discriminación, o mediante el silencio pasivo y la inactividad. Nos arrepentimos porque los cristianos han jugado un papel importante en ayudar a crear la segregación y la injusticia racial que vemos en nuestra ciudad y nación hoy. Nos arrepentimos de nuestro propio racismo, temor y odio, tanto consciente como inconsciente. Nos arrepentimos de nuestra renuencia a ser agentes de curación y reconciliación en nuestras iglesias, en nuestra ciudad y en nuestra nación.
FIRMEMENTE DECIDIMOS predicar, enseñar y abogar contra de los pecados del racismo. Resolvemos dirigir en el camino del amor, y buscar maneras de curar las divisiones que separan razas y culturas en nuestra ciudad. Resolvemos escuchar a aquellos que han sido heridos y deshumanizados por el racismo. Resolvemos orar fervientemente por la sanación y reconciliación de Dios. Resolvemos ayudar a nuestras iglesias a ser más hospitalarias y dar la bienvenida a las comunidades a personas diversas.
Finalmente, resolvemos perseguir el estándar perfecto de igualdad, justicia y amor de Jesucristo en nuestras iglesias, ciudad y país.
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