Joint Letter on Race
Dear Friends,

Today we write to you with a heavy heart. The events of the past several weeks and months with racial violence and brutality in our country has been both tragic and overwhelming. As both a Bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and a Conference Minister in the United Church of Christ sharing the same geographies of service in Indiana and Kentucky, we both wanted to join our collective voices in this moment.

In light of the recent killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, leaders in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference UCC and Indiana-Kentucky Synod ELCA have released this joint statement.

"We ask as your Bishop and Conference Minister that we all extend beyond our praying and begin to do
the hard work of dismantling racism."

Rev. Chad R. Abbott, Conference Minister, Indiana-Kentucky Conference
Rev. Bill Gafkjen, UCC Bishop, Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA