Statement on Racial Justice
A message from the City Gate Leadership Team
We have been appalled and sickened by what we have seen surrounding the unlawful killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA on Tuesday 25th May 2020. As a church who belongs to both the Pioneer network and The Evangelical Alliance we wholeheartedly agree with the separate statements released by these organisations and we encourage you to take the time to read these statements. Both are shown in full below.
We are also taking this opportunity to reflect upon our own church community and to consider how we might be part of a better future. Racial inequality has no place in the church of Jesus Christ.
The Pioneer UK Core Team are appalled by the brutal murder of George Floyd in Minnesota in the USA. On behalf of Pioneer Churches in the UK, we stand alongside our brothers and sisters across the United States as they lament this terrible act of racial violence and the divisions and inequalities that it has exposed. We join them in praying for justice, righteousness, repentance, peace and healing.
We recognise, however, that this is not an isolated event and that the deeply ingrained racial injustice that it represents is not confined to the United States. We are becoming increasingly aware of the prejudice, inequality and injustice that those of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds continue to endure as part of their everyday lives in 21st Century Britain.
We urge Pioneer Churches across the UK to take this opportunity to reflect upon their own communities and to consider how they might be part of a better future. For those of us who are White, this will require us to listen carefully to some uncomfortable truths about the experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic brothers and sisters within the context of our own churches, as well as across the UK and around the world. Where we have not managed to create a safe environment in which these equally gifted and anointed brothers and sisters feel entirely safe to talk about these experiences, we may feel the need to ask for forgiveness.
As a kingdom-orientated, relational movement, we celebrate the equality of all God’s sons and daughters as co-heirs with Jesus Christ. We commit ourselves afresh to pursuing the righteousness and justice upon which God’s throne is established. We ask God to pour out his Spirit afresh across his church. We ask especially for God’s wisdom, discernment, grace and courage for the leaders of Pioneer churches as they seek to envision, empower and guide their communities in standing against all racial injustice and inequality.
There are many excellent resources available on the subject of racial equality. Here are a few examples:
- Ben Lindsay: We Need To Talk About Race: Understanding the Black Experience in White Majority Churches
- Yemi Adedeji & Steve Clifford (Evangelical Alliance): The [Im]possible Dream
The Pioneer Core Team
From the Pioneer website, originally published 16th June 2020 – https://pioneer.org.uk/statement-on-racial-justice/
From the Evangelical Alliance
A clarion call for justice
Gavin Calver and Yemi Adedeji speak out that the indescribable pain and dehumanisation of others because of the colour of their skin has to stop
In the light of the tragic death of George Floyd, CEO Gavin Calver, and director of the One People Commission, Yemi Adedeji, join with the thousands of voices around the world, to declare with one accord, that the indescribable pain and dehumanisation of others because of the colour of their skin has to stop.
Let us stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ, as we cry out for justice, as we stand with those suffering oppression, as we weep with those grieving and in pain.
We all have a responsibility to act against discrimination and systemic racism in our workplaces, in our churches, in our justice system and in our wider communities.
We cannot view this as a white vs black issue. This is a clarion call for us to come together and fight every form of racism in all it’s disgusting manifestations. As the church we must unite across all ethnicities in saying, and showing, that all are created equal, all people bear God’s image. There can be no place for racism in our society. We must unite and work together to see it eradicated and eliminated from all our structures and relationships.
Join us as we pray for all affected by this. May the Lord move powerfully across the world at this time.
From the Evangelical Alliance website, originally published 1st June 2020 – https://www.eauk.org/news-and-views/a-clarion-call-for-justice