#UMC Resources about #Ferguson

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#UMC Resources about #Ferguson

Looking at what is printed in your article, justice is a code word to you for vengeance. In this country, justice is supposed to be color blind, without any influence of threats, measured out after all the facts are in. Apparently not so for the writer of this article. He, and many others, have already decided who is guilty and who should be punished. As a retired clergy I never thought that it was my job to be the judge and executioner, but some apparently have decided that they were just that. In that case, why do we need a supreme being, after all we have these holy men.

Arthur Keith more than 2 years ago

I didn't see "vengeance" in there at all

It seemed to me the author assiduously avoided such a conclusion. However, there are some - both within and outside the UMC - who accuse advocates of distributive justice of "playing the race card" cavalierly, whenever the reality of racism in the U.S. is discussed. If we were indeed a color blind society, such accusations might have merit, but we are not a color blind society despite what race the President of the United States is. The author jumped to no conclusions he simply addressed the matter from a reality-based viewpoint. When white youth are shot by law enforcement at the same rate as youth of color, the commentator could have a valid point, but such is not the case.

George Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

Justice and mercy is not "vengeance"

I read the article. I happen to have been near St Louis County during most of August, If anything, Jeremy missed a suggestion I would have made to Bishop Schnase, and Jeremy is too far away to have felt the "conformist" hostility of whites toward Ferguson's protesters. (1) Suggestion: Bishop Schnase should have stood with the protesters in Ferguson, just as my bishop, John Wesley Lord, went to Selma to help those with Martin Luther King to finish their march. Sometimes "you have to put your body where your words are": a slogan during the War in Vietnam. (2) I noticed that it was almost forbidden to speak of Ferguson in white neighborhoods near Ferguson. An article in the Washington Post records that about 13% of Ferguson police have been accused of brutality; the Cato Institute estimates that a typical number for a typical American police department would be about 1%. There is something strange in Ferguson. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-least-6-ferguson-officers-apart-from-brown-shooter-have-been-named-in-lawsuits/2014/08/30/535f7142-2c96-11e4-bb9b-997ae96fad33_story.html

John Welch more than 2 years ago

Another Resource posted on GBOD

http://www.gbod.org/resources/memory-reruns-a-prayer-poem

This is a way to engage congregations or individuals in an act of prayer/lament/intercession/call for deliverance and guidance.

Let me suggest how a worshiping community addresses these issues, in the context of worship, may be appropriately quite different than how those same worshipers begin to organize to address this through other means. GBOD's resources aim at the former. GCORR's aim primarily at the latter. Both are important and helpful for their intended venues. It is not a matter of pitting one against the other as better or worse as a response. We're in this together, offering multiple kinds of resources for varieties of ministries and ministry settings.

Taylor Burton-Edwards more than 2 years ago

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