MNU Calls for Racial Reconciliation and Hope
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
The horrific violence and racial injustice we have witnessed in the past weeks has deeply saddened and wounded the hearts of our campus community. We cannot look away from the reality and ugliness of this injustice and want all of our students to know with certainty that as a university community we stand with you in opposition to the ignorance, prejudice and fear that has opened deep wounds of uncertainty, especially for those who are most directly impacted by these abhorrent actions.
Our institutional commitment is to all members of our community. It is grounded in this denominational declaration, “We renounce any form of racial and ethnic indifference, exclusion, subjugation, or oppression as a grave sin against God and our fellow human beings. We lament the legacy of every form of racism throughout the world and we seek to confront that legacy through repentance, reconciliation and biblical justice.” As a university community, we will resist apathy as the enemy of hope. We will seek to join one another to pursue and struggle for greater understanding and live out the transforming love of Jesus Christ in all our relationships.
Every week as we gather for community chapel, we join one another and pray this prayer for understanding. In these difficult and challenging times, these words are more relevant than ever before. “We gather here, to tell the truth. We don’t have our lives together. And on our own, we can’t get them together. We confess that we are poor, and we are hungry and thirsty for what we cannot provide ourselves. We need God’s grace and we need each other. We belong to God and to one another.”
Words alone cannot resolve these systemic issues and will not heal the pain and confusion many are feeling these days. As a faith-based campus, we do not claim perfection, but we are committed to love without stopping and to be a place with space to learn, serve others and grow together.
David J. Spittal