On July 11, 2020, the Southern Ohio Synod Council unanimously passed the attached statement on Racial Justice. As we continue to walk alongside our siblings of color, we know we have a long road ahead, but this statement is a step that names the sin of racism and white supremacy and calls on the Southern Ohio Synod to acknowledge and repent of this sin, listen to our sisters and brothers of color and support policies and bold thinking that provide healthy and safe communities for everyone.
I thank the members of the Southern Ohio Synod Race Relations Task Force, specifically Pr. Orinda Hawkins-Brinkley, Deacon Nick Bates, and Pr. Katie Kerrigan, for their prayerful and faithful work to craft this statement. I also thank the members of the Executive Committee and the Synod Council for their support and Christ-centered dialogue that resulted in their commitment to making this statement public.
As I said, this is only a step on a long road to racial justice and reconciliation. We have only begun the faithful work we are called to do as the Body of Christ. This fall, look for more opportunities to confront racism in our communities, and in in the church, through dialogue, listening, and learning developed and led by our Race Relations Task Force.
Biship Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt