Once again, our nation is reeling from a tragedy and we must make a statement. Today, United Campus Ministry reiterates that we stand with the people of Charlottesville, and that we will not allow hate in our community at UMD or anywhere.
National Capital Presbytery made the following statement regarding the events in Charlottesville:
“As followers of the Christ, let us be clear where we stand. We are all formed in the image of God. The Confession of Belhar calls us to remember that we are to be ‘the salt of the earth and the light of the world’, therefore, as a Presbytery, let us be that beacon of light. Encouraging one another to live into a ‘new obedience’ we urge our member churches in both word and deed to actively confront racism that exists in our pews, and our communities.”
These words remind us of our ministry’s purpose. Though it sometimes feels discouraging that churches are most visible during times of tragedy, it is during these trying times that our ministries can refocus our eyes on God and spread our best message of hope.