You are all one in Christ Jesus /Galatians 3:28d/
The Lutheran Church in Great Britain stands with the global Black Lives Matter movement following the cruel death of African American George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
We strive to see the end of systemic racism and the enduring oppression of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in the UK and across the world.
We believe that every human being is God’s creation, to be loved, cherished, respected and in case of an emergency to be treated with care. We recognise that racism is a sin against the Creator.
We are privileged to be an international Church comprising over 20 nationalities and different ethnicities. We worship in several languages and include different kinds of liturgies from around the world. Nevertheless, we recognize our own failure as individuals and churches to speak out against such injustices and act justly, after learning of or witnessing inhuman and degrading treatment of BAME people.
We are taking steps to affirm our commitment to a policy of anti-racism, and to use this opportunity consciously to examine our practices to see where we can do better. Our effort includes providing education on historical and contemporary racism within our churches and communities. We will also encourage our members and friends to apply the same principles to their families, friends, and communities, and to seek out education on these issues where possible. The LCiGB will form a working group to lead, teach, and provide the resources.
Though Jesus loves everyone, even to the point of dying for our sins, he went out of his way intentionally to help specific groups of people at particular times – persons alienated, mistreated and those experiencing injustice. We should do no less.
We seek to promote racial justice through new and positive reforms that empowers BAME people, and to enable reconciliation as the most Christ-like of actions.
Accepted by the LCiGB Synod on 27 June 2020.
- The Bishop of the LCiGB Tor B Jørgensen
- The Chair of the LCiGB Synod Jeffrey M Trinklein
- Lutheran World Federation on combating racism:
- Evangelical Lutheran Church of America BLM:
- What can we do, where can we start?
- The Revd Arlington Trotman on Racism (former secretary of the Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice UK; former Moderator of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe, Brussels):
- University of Nottingham resources (books, films, articles, audio):
- Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children + videos, podcasts, articles, organizations
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Download the statement in document format: BLACK LIVES MATTER LCiGB Statement