The MUP Peacemaking & Public Witness Mission Team has been grieving over the recent deaths of African Americans and the continued effects of racism in our communities, and we have pondered what to do as Christians. We know our society has deep problems with racism – even as we are often privileged to overlook them. And we know that confession and repentance are the first steps to working for real change and ultimate healing of the wounds caused by racism. And we know that the work to be done must be done by both our leaders and by ourselves. And we know that with Christ all things are possible.
To that end, we are inviting our Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Elders, Deacons and other Church Members to join us in a statement to be used as in letters to the editor in area newspapers. This letter expresses our acknowledgment of racial inequities and our commitment to work harder for justice across our communities. It urges leaders to make reforms in how our law enforcement work and how other public policies are evaluated so that we continue to remove old vestiges of racism. Importantly, the letter suggests actions that everyone can do to help combat racism and its effects.
Click the link below to see the letter
We are collecting signatures from all Presbyterians who seek an end to racism in our communities. You may indicate your desire to add your name by doing the following:
Email Anne Schneider at
to advise you wish to join the letter.
Please provide your name, your position [Minister of Word and Sacrament / Ruling Elder / Deacon / Member] and the Church you attend. (Please note that you are not being asked to sign on behalf of your church.)
We encourage you to share this invitation with your Session, Board of Deacons and all other Members who may be interested in expressing their commitment to stand with us as Presbyterians.
Please respond by Tuesday, June 15