Bishop Cho calls on churches to join Sept. 6 ‘Day to End Racism’
Aug. 11, 2015
Bishop Young Jin Cho has issued a call for all churches and pastors of the Virginia Conference to join our brothers and sisters in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in observing Sunday, Sept. 6, as a “Day of Confession, Repentance, Prayer and Commitment to End Racism.”
In the wake of the murders of The Emanuel Nine (the senior pastor and eight members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.), the Council of Bishops of the A.M.E. Church has asked every church, temple, synagogue, mosque and place of worship to designate Sept. 6 as a Sunday “to focus on race ... and be reminded that out of one blood, God created all of us to dwell together in unity.”
“The Emanuel Nine and so many others who have died or been discriminated against and suffered because of race cannot have their lives taken, simply to be a footnote in history,” the A.M.E. bishops said in their statement.
“Many over the last two weeks have spoken about how extraordinary the Emanuel Nine were and their families who in their loss and pain proclaimed forgiveness,” the A.M.E. bishops said, “but they represent the majority of African Methodists, and in fact Black Christians. We seek to live God’s Word. We will go forward from here with forgiving, but also leading and demanding that the nation act on race.”
Click here to read the entire A.M.E. Council of Bishops’ statement on the World Methodist Council website.
“Your participation in this special call will be greatly appreciated,” Bishop Cho said.