Bishops call for dismantling systematic racism in aftermath of George Floyd verdict
Here is the statement from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church on the verdict:
The Council of Bishops stands together with all justice-loving people around the world in prayerfully bearing witness to the jury's decision that convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd.
The racial violence experienced by communities of color has pushed us to think more deeply about how white supremacy functions in our society. We must continue the work of dismantling systemic racism so that the lives of black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander and Native American sisters and brothers will no longer be needlessly taken. We are called as people of faith to work for a world in which love, peace and justice reign. It is our hope that United Methodists around the world will take up this work as a continuing commitment of our baptismal vows.
As we reflect on the importance of this verdict and on our work in the days ahead, we pray for peace in the midst of truth telling, empathy in the midst of grief and action that leads to healing and greater justice for all of God’s children.
Rev. Dr. Maidstone Mulenga
Director of Communications - Council of Bishops