“Lift every voice and sing
Till earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listening skies
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea”
For so much of our history – as a church and as a nation – these words have been aspirational. They have described a time we yet dare to dream of and a freedom so many of us can scarcely imagine.
And yet, it is the God who sets us free that we worship. How can we, the people of a chain-breaking God, have needed the urging of the broader culture to look inward and see the sin of racism that still lives at the heart of the United Methodist Church?
Commission On Race & Ethnicity (CORE) Chairperson
Dr. Betty Hart, email@example.com
Associate Director of Diversity, Missions & Justice Ministries
Rev. Annettra Jones Stephens, firstname.lastname@example.org