SPU THEOLOGIANS’ COMMITMENT ENDING RACISM
We rely on our Free Methodist Universities to provide wisdom and guidance to our denomination. The religion department of our university in Seattle, Seattle Pacific University has done just that in this statement. This has been affirmed by our Free Methodist Schools of Theology of our Universities:The Statement on Racial Justice has been signed by the Theology faculty of five Free Methodist schools:
School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and Seminary
School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and Seminary
Bastian School of Theology at Greenville University
School of Theology at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Department of Theology at Spring Arbor University
In cooperation with SPU’s John Perkins Center and Office of University Ministries our theologians give this guidance:Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Action
As Christian leaders, we commit ourselves to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to stand with those who experience discrimination and racism. We commit ourselves to challenge expressions of racism occurring in various institutions of our nation, such as law enforcement, the legal system, the educational system, political structures, and the Church.
We repent for the ways Christians have been and still are complicit participants in these injustices. In light of our history and recent events in our nation, we believe it is necessary to reaffirm our commitment to reject ethnic nationalism, injustice, and violence.
We thank God for all who pursue Biblical justice,