Following the death of George Floyd and widespread demonstrations in the US, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee has issued a statement reiterating its call for a conversion that will end all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
“The deepening of the crisis during these days compels the executive committee to observe that, despite important work undertaken by the WCC to combat racism, including with US member churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA to draw attention to the four hundred year history of racism in the United States, much more needs to be done,” the statement reads.
“With the African Methodist Episcopal Church, we affirm ‘Broken nations, broken health care and educational systems, political and economic systems ruled by racism, economic inequality, and the widespread practice of white privilege put people of color all over the world ’at risk’. White supremacist business as usual, is no longer acceptable.’ ”
The WCC Executive Committee conveyed its support to all US churches pursuing racial justice.
“The executive committee commends to WCC member churches the many statements of pain, outrage and solidarity published by religious leaders, religious institutions and member churches in the United States,” the statement continues.
“The executive committee commits itself to continue monitoring developments in this context and to identify means of taking appropriate action, in close cooperation with the member churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, in light of the gravity of this crisis and the urgent need to address its underlying root causes.”
Read the full Statement on Racial Justice in the USA
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