Statement on Racism from the New Baptist Covenant

A Statement from the New Baptist Covenant

We have been called to build God's Kingdom; one in which all people are loved as precious children of God. Recent tragedies in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, NY have brought national attention to the racial divides that continue to exist in our society and the inequalities that sustain that division, demean God's beloved children, and violate the Kingdom of God. Jesus tells us that we will be known by our love. In the days to come, let us put our hands, our feet, and our voices toward showing this Kingdom love.

Churches around the nation will dedicate time in worship to acknowledge the reality of racial injustice in our society and to pray for God's healing and protection. We will pray that the Holy Spirit will empower us to build a more just and loving society for our children. I hope that you will join this effort and stand in solidarity to bear witness to God's love and our need for justice with peace.

The sin of racial injustice was not created in a day and redemption from its grasp will not come in a day. True redemption requires a long and faithful journey. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the New Baptist Covenant movement is committed to this journey. Even as we pause this Sunday to pray for divine courage and healing, I hope that you will commit yourself to this long journey as God leads us toward the dawning of a new day of true reconciliation and transformation.

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Prayer for the people of Beirut

Light of new hope

God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.

We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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