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August 30, 2017

 

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From Bobbi Bragan, New England Conference UMW President:

Micah 6.8b: "And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” 

I am writing this on the Monday after the Charlottesville riots. The hate and violence of the past weekend make me sad but I am also angry that racial justice is still eluding us after all these years.

The perpetrators of such hate and violence want to create fear. The best way to stop them is to stand up and speak out. Fortunately, I know that United Methodist Women will stand firm against racial violence. If you have not read the statement published by the National Organization of United Methodist Women Condemning Hate and Violence in Charlottesville, I urge you to do so.

Here is an excerpt:
“We urge United Methodist Women and the entire church to speak out and resist fear, hate and scapegoating. The Hebrew prophets declared God is appalled at silence in the face of injustice (Isaiah 59:14-16).

 As stated in the resolution, Speaking Out for Compassion and Against Hate:

"At a time of rising vitriol, racism, hate, and violence in the world born of deep economic crisis and global shifts, it is time for the church to speak out. If we do not, God will be appalled. We feel compelled to raise a prophetic voice challenging the climate of distrust, distortion of truth and fear, shifting the conversation to our common future. In many places, the level of anger has crossed a line in terms of civility. Whatever the disagreement about policy or program, this behavior is unacceptable. It represents a spiritual crisis that calls for us to respond by deepening our understanding of God’s call and filling our own deep yearnings for spiritual wholeness, that can empower us to love and compassion without giving up our responsibility to speak out for justice."

We urge United Methodist Women members to speak up for compassion and against hate and to organize against bigotry in their communities."

Finally, I want to share a message of hope that I received today:

“Just a reminder and maybe it’s to me, that all day, every day all over this world, people are loving each other, sacrificing for others, doing random acts of kindness for each other, and teaching their children that each individual is precious in God’s eyes, no matter what they look like or where they are from. There really is an overarching mighty movement of love taking place ALL THE TIME and it will win in the end.”  – Kathy Meekins Case.