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Black Lives Matter statement by Sutton church leaders

Recent news coverage of the inhumane brutality leading to the murder of Mr George Floyd in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of the systemic racism that continues to cause incalculable harm across the world.

We are appalled at the awful events in Minneapolis and the video footage of the death of George Floyd. Such discrimination and treatment of a human being is abhorrent and in complete contrast to the example set by the life and teachings of Christ.

Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity. The spotlight is not only shining on ‘them over there’ but also on us here in our own settings.

We believe that God is not a neutral observer in matters of justice, and hence we stand with our brothers and sisters from the Black and other Ethnic Minority Communities and recognise we haven’t listened carefully enough and at times our words and actions whether conscious or unconsciously expressed have contributed to the racism that is still prevalent in our own society.

As Christian Leaders in this Borough we want to acknowledge this and commit to ongoing change. We need to take a stand with those who face this deep rooted injustice. We need to do more to listen and learn from their perspectivec

We believe God has created us in his image and all people should be treated with respect, dignity and value irrespective of race or colour.

We pray for justice, peace and eventual reconciliation. We pray for every church leader serving a hurting world. We pray for unity and an outpouring of God’s love, grace and wisdom over our Church family overseas and at home.

This statement was agreed with input from local church leaders and with helpful excerpts from statements made by Archbishops Welby and Sentamu and the Rev Dr Barbara Glesson of the Methodist Conference.

The statement was signed by the following church leaders in the London Borough of Sutton.

Pam Searle (Sutton Baptist Church)
David Billin (St Barnabus, Sutton)
Lynn Billin (All Saints Hackbridge)
David Fisher (All Saints Carshalton)
David Chislett (All Saints Benhilton)
Kaz Reeves (Chaplain, Epsom & St Helier)
Steph Nadarajah (St Philips Worcester Park)
David Featherstone (Everyday Church Sutton)
Dave & Judith Smith (Horizon Church Sutton)
Mark Tomlinson (Sutton Community Works)
Phil Hornsey (Carshalton Beeches Baptist)
Jeannie Kendall (Carshalton Beeches Baptist)
Kevin Lewis (Good Shepherd, Carshalton Beeches)
Hannah Gordon (Good Shepherd, Carshalton Beeches)
Peter Turrell (Good Shepherd, Carshalton Beeches)
Ola & Stella David (Let The Earth Praise The Lord Ministries)
Gordon & Catherine Cotterill (Sutton Salvation Army)
Olubayo Olufemi (Apostolic Church Hackbridge)
Angela Gbebikan (St Michael’s North Beddington & Roundshaw)
Anne Doerr (Royal Marsden Hospital Chaplain, St John’s Belmont)
Craig Bowman (Wallington and St Andrew's United Reformed Churches)
Tim Swansbury (Carshalton Salvation Army)
Nicholas Peacock (Cheam Team Ministry)
Dave Middleton (Sutton Christian Centre)
Martin Hayward (St Patrick's Wallington)
Martin Wainwright (St Pauls Howell Hill)
Alan Pearce (Wallington Baptist Church)
Jon Lindsay-Scott (Springfield Church)
Wes Maynard (Horizon Church Sutton)
Andrew Fenby (St Mary's Beddington)
Jason Clark (Sutton Vineyard Church)
James Hills (Holy Trinity Wallington)
Tim Saunders (Hope Church Sutton)
Steve Musters (River Church Sutton)
Frances Arnold (St Nicholas Sutton)
Paul Sanders (Holy Cross Church)
Jason Humphreys (Chiltern Church)
Andy Tilsley (Christchurch London)
Phil Brookes (Christchurch Sutton)
Howard Smith (Wallington)
Tim Croxson (C3 United Life)
David King (St Patricks)
Mike Jackson (North Cheam Baptist Church)

Posted on 12 Jun 2020