Overcoming racism

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As ministers of Guiseley Baptist Church, we know that silence is no longer an option. Black Lives Matter!

We wholeheartedly affirm the statement of Lynn Green, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, in response to the situation in the USA and protests around the world:

The inhumane and merciless brutality demonstrated towards George Floyd last week was an appalling act of injustice and reveals yet again the ugly reality of deeply ingrained institutional racism in the USA.  The authentic response of a people who follow a God who delights in justice and righteousness is to stand together in solidarity and protest in the face of such insidious evil.  The death of George Floyd must also drive us to some serious heart-searching of our own. The spotlight is not simply shining on 'them over there' but also on us here in our own context.  Baptists Together hold a common value; that we are a Movement which shares a hunger for God’s coming Kingdom and seeks to confront evil, injustice and hypocrisy and challenges worldly attitudes to power, wealth, status and security both within and beyond our Union.  Right now God is presenting us with the opportunity to grow more deeply into this value and, in doing so, to unleash a prophetic call and presence in our communities and nations.
It is so important that you read carefully and take to heart the articles and reflections that express the angry and frustrated voice of the oppressed and also of those who are in solidarity with them.  The time for superficial platitudes and excuses really is well and truly over. My plea is that we seize this moment and take some giant leaps forward in terms of becoming the kind of Kingdom Movement that God is calling us towards – beautiful, just, loving and rejoicing in the richness of the global church and the whole of humanity. 
  

For more links to responses and prayers, go to

https://www.baptist.org.uk/Groups/345102/George_Floyd_I.aspx  

We also support this video from Bishop Tony Parry, New Testament Church of God, Leeds https://youtu.be/BJR2Q1QT5SY and we commit to listening, to building relationships, to prayer and to taking action together.

The Reverend Micky Munroe
The Reverend Gill Thurgood


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