Adopted by Council of Bishops on November 6, 2018
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18 NRSV)
Baltimore-Washington Conference Bishop LaTrelle Easterling,
Racism is harmful to all of society. And we are alarmed by its recent resurgence in the United States. In the United
As disciples of Jesus Christ we, the Ebony Bishops serving the United Methodist Church (UMC), take seriously our charge to continue the work of our Lord and Savior of setting the captives free. Thus, we pledge to continue the work of exposing and dismantling racism in whatever forms and wherever it presents itself. We pledge to hold United Methodists, particularly those in the United States, accountable to engage in education around white supremacy, white privilege, and internalized racism. We recognize that until our Anglo brothers and sisters are free of their racism and acknowledge their White privilege none of us will be free.
In conclusion, as the community of Ebony Bishops in the United Methodist Church, we reaffirm our commitment to our baptismal covenant to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. We accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. We do confess Jesus Christ as our Savior. We put our whole trust in his
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Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
The United Methodist Church