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NEWSLETTER: We publish a monthly Newsletter for the Cape Cod Council of Churches. Click here to read them and, if you wish, become a subscriber to them.

 

8/15/17 Statement on Charlottesville
Violence by The Mass. Council of Churches



Monday, August 14, 2017

Dear Church,

The Massachusetts Council of Churches stands united with Christians across the country sending our prayers and support to the communities and individuals impacted by the acts of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia. Guided by our Christian values, we name white supremacy as idolatrous, replacing our love for God with a deification of whiteness. We name anti-Semitism as a perversion of God's all-encompassing love and covenant with the Jewish people. 

As Christians, we have a tradition of examination, confession, and repentance. As we denounce the events outside our state and institution, we are also called to look within:  examine, confess and repent. We renew the commitment we made last November, and invite you to join us as we:

  • seek to identify and eradicate white supremacy from within our own institution, 
  • listen to the pain within the Body of Christ and prioritize the most vulnerable parts,
  • and work to build a network of diverse Christians devoted to mutual need and        delight in one another 
 
We invite you to join Rev. Daryl at the NAACP and Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Community Debrief & Action Meeting  on Tuesday August 15, 6-8pm at Roxbury Presbyterian Church, 328 Warren St, Roxbury MA. 

More events are being planned. We will be in touch again this week with more information on how churches and communities are responding across the Commonwealth, and opportunities for joint witness. Please, share your stories with us of what you are organizing in your town- council@masscouncilofchurches.org 

We give thanks for this community, and ask you to hold us and one another in prayer, as we do for you.

In hope,

Rev. Laura Everett
Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches

 

 

8/14/17 National Council of Churches Statement on Charlottesville Violence and Boston Gatherings

The National Council of Churches asserts that... 

"At the core of Christian faith is a commitment to work on behalf of and with those marginalized by our society; the hungry, sick, poor, prisoners, strangers and powerless people (Matt. 25:44). Jesus’ life provides the model by which we are to work for justice and peace in our world. Like the Old Testament prophets, we raise our voices with the voiceless and help victims defend themselves from injustice." (website, 2017)

Coming from this understanding, the Cape Cod Council of Churches denounces the recent demonstration of hatred by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA.  We mourn the violent deaths of Heather Heyer, and Virginia State Troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M. Bates.  We pray for healing for those injured.  We reject the prejudiced position that any person is more worthy than another due to skin color.  We are sickened by rhetoric that promotes injustice and violence.  
We are all humans, loved by God.  The Council of Churches calls for policies and personal practices that strengthen bonds between us.  We call for truth to inform our public and private conversations.  We call for strong voices that demand peaceful dialogue and reject all hate speech.  
As of this writing, a gathering entitled a "Free Speech Rally" is being planned for this coming Saturday in Boston, August 19.  Many of the same speakers from the White Nationalist's Rally in Charlottesville are scheduled to speak.  (http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/08/14/boston-common-free-speech-rally)
Please know that The Massachusetts Council of Churches and other religious leaders in the state are meeting Monday, August 14, to discuss how to respond to plans for Saturday's rally.  The Massachusetts Council's website, www.masscouncilofchurches.org will offer information as these plans develop.  
Please join us in prayer and in actions that promote truth, unity, and the common good.

  
      -- Edye Nesmith, Executive Director, Cape Cod Council of Churches

 

Read the article about our Youth Street Reach program in the Sandwich Enterprise.

A Baby Center's "Baby Boxes" were detailed in an article in the Cape Cod Times.

As a response to the horrors of violence set loose among us, we share the following prayer sent out by the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

May we actively work for peace and practice love of our neighbors.

Edye Nesmith, Director, Cape Cod Council of Churches


Prayer from Leonardo Espinosa, Working Board member
of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

Eternal God,
once we were lost, and you showed us the light.
We now come to you
as darkness is at work;
as we are threatened by fracture,
injustice, and violence.

Merciful God,
pour your Spirit unto us, the Bind of Love,
and grant us the power and courage to subdue evil
and fight for unity and understanding,
digging deep into the unknown —into the other—
to bestow the compassion and solidarity
needed amidst distress and suffering.

Steadfast God,
pour your Grace unto us;
grant us the gift of unwavering hope,
and seeing the things to come,
may we become an instrument of reconciliation.

We are no longer Jew or Greek,
slave or free, male or female,
white, brown or black;
We are One in Christ Jesus.

Eternal God, binding love,
we are many,
we are broken.
Receive us as we are
And send us off as One.
Dios eterno,
cuando estuvimos perdidos, nos enseñaste la luz.

Venimos hoy a ti
amenazados por las tinieblas del mal;
amenazados por fracturas, injusticias, y violencia.

Dios misericordioso,
derrama tu Espíritu en nosotros, el lazo de amor,
y danos el poder y el valor para dominar el mal
y luchar por la unidad y el entendimiento,
escudriñando en lo desconocido —en “el otro”—
y poder otorgar la compasión y solidaridad
necesaria en la ansiedad y el sufrimiento.

Dios fiel,
derrama tu gracia en nosotros;
derrama el don de la esperanza incesante,
y viendo las cosas por venir
seamos un instrumento de reconciliación.

No somos más Judíos o Griegos,
esclavos o libres, hombres o mujeres,
blancos, morenos o negros.
Somos Uno en Cristo Jesús.

Dios eterno, lazo de amor,
somos muchos,
quebrantados.
Recíbenos así,
y mándanos como Uno.

 

 

 

For more information, call the Council at 508-775-5073
cccouncilofchurches@gmail.com

 

 


 

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