Grace UMC Response to Racial Injustice

Grace UMC's Official Response to the Recent Incidents of Racial Injustice

Friends, members of our congregation, members of the community and visitors:

 

During this time of uncertainty and unrest, we are reminded of the words of Bishop Reuben Job from his book "Three Simple Rules: The Weslyan Way of Living" in which he states that we are commissioned to live by three commands: "to do no harm, to do good, and to stay in love with God." In light of all of the current events, specifically George Floyd's death and all of the recent inhumane acts, we at Grace United Methodist Church reaffirm Bishop Holston's statement denouncing all forms of racism and racial injustice. We ask that you take the time to read the statement below.

 

As we endure these difficult times, let us continue to pray that we will reconsider our Biblical foundations before we think, before we speak, and before we act. Let us pray about all of these concerning situations because, my friends, prayer really does work. Jesus, our Lord, our Example, our Redeemer, and our Savior, expects us to live differently than the world in which we live. This is an extremely important time to put His will first. 

 

Let us all join in one voice to represent our Lord to the world. Let us show His love to everyone. Let us ask, what is our stance in these situations, and how do we represent Him?

 

May His blessings, peace, and strength be ours in every aspect of life - now and forever, amen.

 

Rev. David Bauknight, Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church

 


Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church, released this statement regarding racial tension and unrest across the nation: 

 

Bishop Holston

My friends, as we celebrate Pentecost – that joyous day when the Holy Spirit washed over God’s people with a powerful wind and tongues of fire – I would like to ask you to take a moment with me to acknowledge the flames of racial tension and unrest across our nation.

Sadly, George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia are only the latest in a heart-breaking line of our fellow Americans who have been killed in racially charged incidents.

Here in South Carolina, five years on, we still feel the pain of the mass-shooting slaughter of nine people attending a Bible study class at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, and the shooting death of Walter Scott at the hands of a North Charleston police officer.

As United Methodists and followers of Christ, we commit ourselves to social justice and to opposing racism in all of its forms. We encourage frank and thoughtful conversation and respectful collaboration with a common goal of justice for all. It is our obligation to be a beacon of love when hatred threatens to blot out the light of hope.

I invite all South Carolina United Methodist churches to pause during their services on Sunday for a prayer for justice, for peace and for comfort for all of God’s children who have been affected directly and indirectly by the plague of violent killings of African-Americans in our communities.

Grace and peace,

L. Jonathan Holston
Resident Bishop