Today I shared your courageous, strong theological reaction and call as UCC national leaders and Council of Conference Ministers with Annette, our EKvW Praeses, who shares your concerns and is with you in her thoughts and prayers.
As Evangelical Church of Westphalia (EKvW) we thank the UCC as our partner church in full communion for your bold call, denouncing clearly from our shared faith perspective what has to be denounced, asking all of us to return from the path of complicity with white supremacy as idolatrous and calling us to hold accountable those in power in state, society and church to take a clear stance at the side of our LORD, who as you quote so adequately has “come to bring good news to the poor, to bring release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind and to let the oppressed go free”.
Indeed, if this racist deplorable difference between security standards during Black Life Matters protests and the attack of white armed domestic terrorists on Jan. 6th would not have been in place, this terrorist attack on the Heart of US Democracy with death toll, inflamed by the out-voted President himself would not have been possible.
We pray that at this crucial point of time in US-history also those church leaders, who until now have either supported this racist President who has over and over again proved that he puts his own power interest beyond truth and care for the entire Nation or have kept silent about it, will at least now repent and return to the truth of the Gospel and to publicly speak out that also their conservative interpretations of faith calls them to stop this unholy alliance with racist white supremacist misuse of power. And we join you in your hope that this president will be removed from office once for ever, he who again and again and now beyond imaginable limits betrayed his oath of office for his own insane ambitions at the cost of justice, rule of law and democracy in your country.
We thank you for your ongoing sharing your insights on white privilege with us. It has been a very important inspiration to us on our own needed path of transformation as church to overcome white privilege and supremacy in our own thinking, attitude and actions.
Your bold witness inspires us to ask what the LORD asks from us today and together with you to continue our joint pilgrimage towards justice, peace and integrity of creation.
Let us continue on the various levels – in our congregations, church circuits, action groups, partnership committees and fora between EKvW and Indiana/Kentucky & Heartland (Ohio)-Conference to strengthen each other in our common witness and to fill with life what “Kirchengemeinschaft” means in our joint mission.
The peace and the power of Gods Spirit be with you and the entire United Church of Christ. May Gods spirit strengthen you in your service during these challenging days and weeks!
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Reaktionen zum Angriff auf das Capitol
Stellungnahmen zu den Ereignissen in Washington D. C. am 6. Januar 2021:
Reaktionen der UCC-Conference-Minister
„I cannot thank you enough for the balm and encouragement which your words bring to my own heart and the heart of the Heartland Conference. Our long partnership constantly renewed by our conversations and visits, prayers and promises has been such a gift in this most challenging time. We give thanks to God that in these days of great challenge, followed by years of challenge, we are not left to ourselves but held by God who is made real through your words, spirit, and love. What a gift indeed! Together, by God’s loving grace, a larger vision will prevail but only as we continue to consent to be agents of an alternative vision to the white supremacy which so quickly rises when challenged.
So, I say on behalf of our entire Conference, joining my voice with that of John and Chad, thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for your prayers and support and love.
Rev. David Long-Higgins, Conference Minister Heartland Conference UCC
„ I will join John in extending to you my gratitude for these comforting and supportive words to us in this tense and uncertain time in our country. One of the greatest gifts to me of our collective work across an ocean is the unwavering relationships and friendships that keep us grounded in the gospel. On several occasions since the election and even since January 6th I have received notes from our German partners offering us prayers and support. This is an enormous gift. And your words here are nothing short of that same gift of friendship and so I thank you for joining us in this struggle. Not only were you deeply responsive during the global health pandemic, but your foresight to join us in the work of dismantling white supremacy is inspiring and I look forward to that work with you in the future. Many blessings to you and all of our partners in the Evangelical Church of Westphalia.
May God Keep You!
Peace, Blessings, and Compassion,“
Rev. Chad Abbot, Conference Minister Indiana/Kentucky Conference UCC
„As always, dear Brother Ulrich and dear Sister Annette, your words of love and support come as comfort and solace to the spiritual and psychic wounds we have borne here in America as we watched the violence on our Capitol unfold. We are all uplifted by your partnership and support.
I would like to ask permission to share your words on my social media pages. The story of your companionship is a powerful one about how love binds us together and compels us to span the distance with kindness and compassion in times like this. I am uplifted by it, and I believe your words word provide uplift to so many others. May I do that?
Thank you. Please know that you are carried in our hearts, and our partnership brings us strength and courage.
Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and Church President of UCC