Like you, indeed most of America and the world, your four ministers were shocked and deeply disturbed by the events that unfolded last week in Charlottesville, Virginia and the subsequent response to them by some of our leaders. As leaders of your church, we believe that it is incumbent upon all in leadership – civic, corporate, and ecclesiastical – to unambiguously denounce all forms of racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. Not to do so gives permission to hate groups such as neo-Nazis, the Ku-Klux-Klan, and other white supremacists to spew their malevolence across our land.
We, your pastors, believe that such ideologies directly contradict the Gospel of Jesus Christ which affirms the intrinsic and equal value of every human being regardless of race, nation, or creed. Jesus consistently welcomed and embraced persons who were marginalized, even despised, by his world. The Apostle Paul, once himself a hater of the other, would, after his conversion, write to the Colossians, “there is no longer Greek and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free, but Christ is all and in all.” It is upon the foundation of the daring truths of equality and the inestimable worth of every individual person that we as a nation stand when we are at our best.
We, your pastors, further believe that violence and the threat of violence are most always best confronted with non-violence. This has been demonstrated in the lives and work of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and of course, in the life, work, and death of Jesus Christ.
We, your pastors, believe that it is essential for all men and women of good will, but especially Christians, to unequivocally denounce all forms of hatred, especially racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia, to pray for the healing of our nation, and to continue to work for the reconciliation of the world. To that end we pledge our leadership.
Reverend Michael L. Lindvall
Reverend Douglas T. King
Reverend Rebekah McLeod Hutto
Reverend Adam D. Gorman