Global LGBTQ Church Leaders Condemn Violence

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Vigil and Silent Protest: July 8, 3pm

Outside Victoria Conference Centre

 

In the middle of a healing worship service, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) leaders received the word that a sniper was shooting at police who were protecting a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas, at about 8:45 central time. Five police were killed and more were injured. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson made the following statement at the MCC General Conference, held in Victoria, BC, Canada, July 4-8, with 900 registrants from around the world:

“This violence in the middle of a peaceful protest is just one more sign that we must stand together against violence,” said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, global moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “This ambush of police will be blamed on the Black Lives Matter movement but nowhere has the movement called for violence. We at MCC condemn the shooting of police. We condemn the callous shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the hundreds of others who have died at the hands of police or people with guns filled with hatred. As LGBTQ people of faith, we know what it is to be persecuted and to face violence. We call on leaders throughout the world to lead us all toward peace.”

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, global MCC Director of the Office of Emerging Ministries, said, “As an African American woman, I am glad that the curtain has finally been pulled back to reveal the increasing level of ongoing violence against people of color. There is so much work for us to do, yet we must work together to bring an end to racism. We are not powerless unless we choose to be. The violence against Black bodies must stop.”