Repent — Reconcile — Restore: A United Methodist Call to Covenant Community
The General Board of Church & Society identifies actions to take in addressing turmoil caused by grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.
The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) has issued a United Methodist “call to covenant community.” The call, “Repent — Reconcile — Restore,” is in response to the community turmoil stimulated by grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York that exonerated white police officers who killed unarmed blacks. The social-justice agency also cited ongoing police violence in some communities as a cause for concern.
- Evaluate law enforcement practices and legal policies;
- Establish independent citizen review boards when deadly police force is used;
- Improve economic and social systems, such as living wage and educational reform; and
- Work for justice through prayer and strong non-violent direct action against institutional racism.