The Alliance of Baptists joins the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) in its comprehensive initiative to end racism and invites all Alliance partners to do the same.
The effort, touted as the most visible and impactful work of the NCC in recent history, will kick off with a rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on April 4, 2018 – the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. From there, the initiative will be lived out in various ways over several years.
The Alliance, a member of the NCC and its governing board, is actively participating in the endeavor, providing leadership both for the April event and for the ongoing work. The NCC is comprised of 38 member communions representing a broad coalition of historically African American, mainline Protestant, historic peace and orthodox churches.
“This is a new day in the life of the Council, and we pray it is the beginning of a new day for all Americans,” said Bishop W. Darin Moore, chair of the NCC Governing Board. Among the goals of the initiative is to discover and declare the complicity of the mainline church in perpetuating racism.
“The governing board has been wrestling with this call from God for a long time,” Moore said. “We all know the road will be long and difficult, but we believe the time is right. God is about to do a new thing.”
The Alliance will be front and center when the initiative kicks off in April and encourages individual Alliance supporters as well as congregational partners to show up and take an active role. The NCC has asked each member communion to bring at least 500 constituents to the gathering, which will connect with 50th anniversary events in Memphis, Tenn., and across the nation.
“This racial justice initiative is important and necessary for the healing of our churches and our nation,” said Paula Clayton Dempsey, the Alliance’s director of partnership relations and co-head of communion.
“The Alliance staff and executive committee are committed to the challenge of this process and hopeful for transformation for all God’s people.”
If you or your congregation would like to organize a group to attend the April 4 rally, or if you would like to represent the Alliance on one of the rally planning committees, email email@example.com.