The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) recently became aware of the actions of a group, the Commission on Religion and Racism (CORR), which advocates that private citizens dig up and remove public memorials honoring Confederate leaders.
GCORR is an official agency of The United Methodist Church and we are focused on building the capacity of our denomination to be contextually relevant and to reach more people, younger people, and more diverse people by providing practical resources that help foster intercultural competency, ensure institutional equity, and drive vital conversations.
GCORR is in no way affiliated with this group, nor do we support its actions—as well as the actions of others who have been desecrating the gravesites of confederate soldiers. While we fully understand the anguish these memorials cause for many members of our society, we do not condone violent acts. Meaningful, peaceful acts of repentance and reconciliation are needed for our churches, our communities, and our citizens to move forward together.
We pray for justice denied to so many of our ancestors, and we pray for hearts and minds to be guided by love moving forward. Building Dr. King’s Beloved Community takes hard work and commitment, but we can get there by working together.