PW, Inc., issues statement condemning racially motivated violence in Charlottesville
August 15, 2017
Presbyterian Women in the PC(USA), Inc., has sent a letter condemning the violence that occurred over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, to PC(USA) Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, asking for prayer and action as PW continues to work for inclusive community.
An excerpt from the statement:
Presbyterian Women . . . condemns all forms of violence, especially violence that tears at the fabric of God’s beloved community. The rhetoric of the “alt right” has no place in a civilized society that is built on principles of equality and God-given human rights. We condemn the racially motivated violence of white supremacy and the resurgence of neo-Nazism, with its bigotry and assumptions of privilege. We urge all people to find ways to bridge the issues that divide Americans rather than widening the gap of distrust and misunderstanding. We support our brothers and sisters in Charlottesville, Virginia, who are standing up for justice and peace. We encourage everyone to be steadfast and immovable in the fight against discrimination, prejudice and hatred.
Read the statement on PW's news page
Download a PDF of the letter.
PC(USA) leaders condemn white supremacy, racism
Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson has also issued a statement (“Are we complicit in the racism of the alt-right?”), as has PMA Interim Executive Director Tony De La Rosa and PC(USA) Co-moderators T. Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston (with J. Herbert). See their statement (“Charlottesville religious leaders praised; misuse of scripture decried”) here.
To see what the National Council of Churches has said, click here .
Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Inc.
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Louisville, KY 40202-1396