Our Conference Minister and Associate Conference Ministers of the MN Conference have gathered with other Conference staffs in the UCC’s West Central Region over the last three days, and have issued this joint statement regarding racism and white privilege in our times:
A Statement of Witness from the Staffs of the Conferences
of the West Central Region of the United Church of Christ
November 2, 2016
Provoked by the Holy Spirit, we bear witness to the congregations, communities, and pastors of the Conferences of the West Central Region of the United Church of Christ:
- God calls us to lean in, look hard, and pay close, prayerful, purposeful attention to the devastation caused by White Privilege in America.
- It is the responsibility of white people to do this leaning, hard looking, and close attending. It is the responsibility of white people to raise and name terrible truths, trusting God who lovingly convicts and redeems.
- We refuse the vision of shallow, fragile tolerance among muted peoples. We watch for the way to reparation as a prelude to reconciliation. We pray and work for the day when every racial uniqueness is passionately celebrated as a reflection of the face of God.
- We honor the sovereignty of First Nation peoples. We stand, speak, and act in solidarity with the people of God whose holy ground is called Standing Rock Reservation. We move at their invitation, grateful for their leadership, with offerings of prayer, provision, and presence.
We are more fully the people God calls us to be when we are together – learning together, working together, moving together.