More than 700 East Ohio Conference laity and clergy have signed a Covenant to Resist Racism to show their support for the May 28 Anti-Racism Commitment signed by Bishop Tracy S. Malone and the Extended Cabinet “as an act of repentance for our silence in the face of the racially motivated brutality that is pervasive throughout the nation.”
The Covenant to Resist Racism states the following:
“We, the undersigned clergy and laity of the East Ohio Conference, join our Bishop and Extended Cabinet in a covenant of standing together to resist racism. As baptized Christian disciples who ‘accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves,’ we reject the sin of white supremacy and white privilege; we denounce police brutality and racial profiling against people of color; and, we demand full protection of the civil rights for all of God’s children.
“We accept our responsibility as people of faith and leaders in our congregations, to work for the transformation of the world, our Church, and our communities. We covenant with each other, to learn, speak, and act in ways that lift-up and protect the rights and dignity of all of God’s people.”