The Metropolitan Community Churches Statement Regarding the Jan. 6th Attack and Racist Takeover of the United States Capitol
January 14, 2021
From its very beginning the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been built on the core values of inclusion, spiritual transformation, justice, and community. We continue to fully embrace these sacred principles as we respond to the events that have occurred during the attack on the United States of America Capitol on January 6, 2021, and the ones that may yet occur.
As a denomination we fully state our support for democratic ideals, structures, and processes around the globe.
As the only international Christian denomination primarily composed of LGBTQ+ individuals we fully comprehend the power of words, and the violent consequences and actions that follow the use of hateful rhetoric. We oppose the use of such language in any public discourse and we fully support the peaceful transfer of power among leaders.
We join the chorus of Christian denominations, and the U.S. National Council of Churches, that are collectively calling upon members of the Trump administration and the United States Congress to remove President Trump from office, hold him accountable for his treasonous actions, and ensure that he never holds the office of President of the United States again. We also hold accountable all U.S. elected leaders who have been complicit in their support of the actions of the President or have remained silent in the wake of his words and actions.
We recognise the fear, harm and despair that the insurrection has caused among those who want peace, justice and integrity to prevail. We believe in hope and the power of the human spirit to work for good.
We are a people dedicated in our work of seeking healing and reconciliation from the racial injustices that have plagued our societies and institutions for centuries, including within the universal Christian Church, and among various governments and civil authorities across the globe. We recognize the glaring and stark contrasts between the response to the Capital rioters on Jan. 6th and the responses to Black Lives Matter protests, the demonstrators at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and other protests. We remain firm in our call for America to repent of its sin of racism, we remain steadfast in our support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and we stand firmly opposed to any groups or ideologies that support or promote the sins of white privilege or white supremacy. We commit to continuing our own work within and beyond MCC to address racism and white privilege.
We fully support our MCC churches and communities as they seek to promote justice in their communities, states/provinces, and countries. We pray for our pastors and leaders as they provide direction, promote truth, include the marginalized and oppressed, and offer comfort and safety during a time of political unrest and during a global pandemic.
Moving forward we invite you all to join us in these calls to action:
Pray for a peaceful inauguration for President-Elect Joe Biden, and for fair, just, and peaceful processes for every political election slated to occur in the world this year.
Continue to hold our politicians to account for their actions, and encourage them to be clear and dedicated in their commitments to anti-racism, democracy and justice
Pray for our denomination as we continue to do our own work of ridding ourselves of racism and white supremacy
Engage in social actions that seek to make a safer, kinder, and more just world for all.
In honor of the forthcoming Martin Luther King Jr. holiday we close by remembering these words from his 1968 “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech: “Let us rise up…with greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation.” O God of Many Names and of All Nations, may it be so!
Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston – Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches
The Governing Board for Metropolitan Community Churches
The Council of Elders for Metropolitan Community Churches
The Senior Leadership Team of Metropolitan Community Churches
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