A Message from the Associated Church Press Board of Directors
In the more than 100 years the Associated Church Press has existed, we’ve seen many pivotal events and social movements. Our member publications were witnesses to the Great Depression, World War II, the war in Vietnam, the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Throughout those events we have steadfastly advocated for Christian values such as righteousness, justice, mercy, tolerance, and love.
We are now at a moment at which the anti-Black racism that has characterized most of the history of the United States and Canada has been unmasked. The issues we now face should have been addressed years and decades before now. People of faith have to confess that our response to systemic racism has been inadequate. We can no longer pretend that racism in North America will solve itself or disappear as the result of benign neglect.
We add our voices to those that are already advocating for fundamental changes in the way we as a society deal with racism, violence against marginalized populations—particularly Black populations, and the use of police force in our communities.
This is a moment we cannot ignore. Although precipitated by events that none of us would have chosen, we must now use it as an opportunity to get on the right side of history. We offer for your review the following a sampling of the editorials and articles written by our member publications. We hope that in reading them we will be reminded of our obligation as Christians “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Words are not enough. It’s time for action.
Board of Directors
Associated Church Press