‘In commending the Archbishops’ statement to you we want to underline our own ongoing commitment to confronting racism. It is not someone else’s problem or about ‘others’ – It is about who we are as precious individuals created in the image of God and who we are together.
The death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests are reflecting things we find abhorrent and yet we need to look inside ourselves, our communities and the places of our lives to examine our own actions and inaction, our words and our behaviour, what we challenge and what we fail to challenge. In our prayers of repentance, lament, hope and thanksgiving we continue to pray ‘your kingdom come on earth is in heaven’.
‘But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.’ Amos5:24
A statement from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu in response to events in the United States of America:
“Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy. Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity.
“As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, ‘In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
“We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.”