In response to the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing racial protests in Worcester and throughout the country, the Trinity Congregational Council unanimously passed the following resolution at its June 8, 2020 meeting.
Resolved, we the Congregational Council of Trinity Lutheran Church affirm the Social Policy Resolution (CA 19.04.18) adopted by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly entitled “Condemnation of White Supremacy and Racist Rhetoric” and do hereby resolve and proclaim that:
- White supremacy is racism and we condemn it;
- Violent rhetoric against persons of color in the name of so-called “Christian Nationalism” is not a true Christian faith. It is idolatry and we condemn it;
- The love of God is for all people, without exception, and we proclaim it;
- The justice and mercy of God are for all people, without exception, and we proclaim this;
- Our religious and political leaders have a moral responsibility to condemn racist rhetoric and to speak with respect for the innate dignity of all persons, regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or faith tradition and we call our leaders to honor this responsibility; and
- Language that refers to people of color or immigrants with words like “invasion” or “infestation” or “white replacement” is racism and we condemn it;
- We are called by Jesus to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” As persons called to love one another as God has loved us, we therefore proclaim our commitment to speak with one voice against racism and white supremacy. We stand with those who are targets of racist ideologies and actions. With them, we demand and will advocate for a more just, loving, and peaceful world where the gifts of all people are appreciated, and the lives of all people are treasured; and
- We call all members and friends of Trinity Lutheran Church to engage in communal study of the structures and rhetoric that empower and fuel racism and white supremacy and to take to heart the teaching of Scriptures, so we may all be better equipped to speak boldly about the equal dignity of all persons in the eyes of God. (Recommended resources for study and engagement can be found at this LINK.)
Council adoption of this resolution was strongly supported by members of Trinity who participated in the Dialogue on Race study in the Fall of 2019: Pastor Nathan Pipho, Cantor Mark Mummert, Youth/Family/Outreach Minister Jena Hill, Loie Angelsten, Pr. Doug & Nina Behm, Katherine Duffy, Pr. Cliff Gerber, Beth Getman, Beverly & Dave Hobbs, Dave & Roz Horn, Florence Kirschbuam, Ben and Charles Labonte, Alice & Carter Lindberg, Dale Mattice, Dana Nyberg, Jessica Sutherland, Libby Stone, and Thom Tarquinio.