Resolution 1518 – Black Lives Matter: A Movement for All

GA-1518
(Sense-of-the-Assembly)
BLACK LIVES MATTER: A MOVEMENT FOR ALL
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WHEREAS, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, prioritizes becoming a pro-reconciling/anti-racist church that recognizes the systemic and symptomatic pathologies present in the United States since slavery, resulting in the fact that Black men are killed by police four times more than any other race and represent a disproportionate portion of the United States’ prison population by mass incarceration; and

WHEREAS, during the last biennium the church has been reminded of this reality by the police killing of unarmed Black men: Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO; Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY; Tamir Rice in Cleveland, OH; and Walter Scott in North Charleston, SC; among others; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) convened in Columbus, OH, July 18-22, 2015, acknowledges that this issue is not only domestic but has become a global concern which has produced protest marches and demonstrations in Paris, France; London, England; Israel/Palestine; Tokyo, Japan and Toronto, Canada; and

WHEREAS, the 2015 General Assembly, in its quest to embody Christian unity, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit, believes that God has called us to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice (Micah 6:8); and

WHEREAS, the 2015 General Assembly would be obedient to Jesus, who said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12) by declaring that Black Lives Matter: A Movement for All seeks to give value to the lives of Black men while acknowledging and remembering the murders of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in the Bronx, New York; the staff members killed in the terrorist attack on the Charles Hebdo Satirical Paper and Jewish Market in Paris, France; the more than two thousand civilians killed in the Boko Haram massacre in Nigeria, Africa; and so many more lives that are threatened by the xenophobic rhetoric, racial and religious profiling of Asians, Hispanics and Middle Easterners;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada, meeting in Columbus, Ohio, July 18-22, 2015, will support Black Lives Matter: A Movement for All by joining the cause; sharing awareness; supporting and encouraging our congregations to be safe spaces and sanctuary for peaceful protesters, participate in and host sacred conversations and dialogue on race relations and inclusion, and be spiritual allies in prayer, for God to enable the pursuit of justice through those who take a stand and lift their voices for justice; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2015 General Assembly, immutably joined together in the woven cord of humanity, will not ignore this opportunity to embrace the new generation of peaceful protesters, non-violent demonstrators and young leaders who come from all races creating today’s cross-cultural movement, who are victimized, socially conscious and committed to change, enabling the world to become a better place for all to live; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the 2015 General Assembly, joined to worship at Columbus, OH, thanks God for the mission revealed in Christ, who said, “I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly” (John 10: 10b) will not sit idly by and be silent, but will give value and credence to Black Lives Matter: A Movement for All, which is alive, active, and ongoing for the sanctity of all human life; and

FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will live into our mission imperative to “be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving, and serving from our doorsteps ‘to the ends of the earth.’”

The National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Supported by:

Centennial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) St. Louis, Missouri
The National Pastoral Office of Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
The North American Pacific Asian Disciples of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Disciples Peace Fellowship

Quotations taken from the Mission Imperative of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The General Board recommends that the General Assembly
ADOPT GA-1518. (Discussion time: 12 minutes)