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Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
A Christian Voice for Peace, Justice, Sustainability, and Equality  
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Ecumenical Leaders' Group Response to Heinous Acts of Racial Bigotry and Hatred
and President Trump's Reactions 

August 13, 2017

Re: Charlottesville and President Trump's Response

As Faith Leaders in Maryland, we join our voices with many others around our state and throughout the country in condemning the acts of hatred and violence seen in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. These heinous acts, perpetrated by white nationalists and other racist groups, are the face and language of modern day hatred and bigotry. These acts do and should continue to shock us and the escalating violence against the foundations of our pluralistic democracy should alarm all people of good will.

We are confident that preachers across our country stood in pulpits today and spoke against the sin of racism. We are confident that many people of all faiths offered prayers for healing, for justice, and for peace. Inasmuch as we are confident in these things; as people of faith and leaders in the faith community we affirm that our prophetic voices should not be confined to our places of worship. In many of our faith traditions, to “Love Your Neighbor as Yourself,” is a central commandment which unites us and calls us to stand in solidarity with courageous leaders of other faiths, and most of all, it compels us to action. Therefore, we urge Christians and people of other faiths to join us in:

• Demanding that President Trump condemn racism and bigotry by name and do so persuasively and consistently, affirming the basic values of our constitution that ALL people are created equal

• Seeking out and engaging every opportunity for building inclusive communities that have a zero tolerance for violence in any form, including hate speech

• Making public statements affirming that symbols matter and that while history is important and teaches us valuable lessons, symbols that honor and celebrate values contrary to those of justice and compassion have no place in today's public spaces, which must be places that are safe, affirming, welcoming and hospitable to all people

• Honing skills that will allow us, when necessary, to confront the perpetrators of racist violence with non-violent means with the goals of bridging the divides and restoring our culture and our country to its position as a leader in human and civil rights.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." We believe that yesterday's violence and hatred indeed proves these are times of challenge. We invite the Faith Community and all those of good will to join us in courageous action for the sake of the soul of our country and on behalf of all those victimized by the violence of racism and hate.

Rev. Mary D. Gaut, Chairperson of the Ecumenical Leaders Group of Central Maryland
Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Chairperson of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council
Rev. Dr. Franklin Lance, Executive Director of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council


*The Ecumenical Leaders Group is made of the bishops, presidents, executives of Christian denominations in Maryland called together by Central Maryland Ecumenical Council. The ELG meets five times a year and we address, with one voice larger justice issues. 

​Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's Statement 
on the Violence against the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh

Once again, our country has experienced a week of hateful acts; culminating in the senseless murders of people in worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This week alone, we witnessed brutal hate crimes in Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA; while simultaneously trying to deal with bombs mailed to news media personalities, former presidents, and democratic leaders. This week, we saw media personalities failing to understand the damage and degradation of "black face." This week, we once again saw our country as it truly exists in 2018.

Therefore, as the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), we must speak. The CMEC does not have a vote in this country's general election, but it has something so much more powerful. It has a God-ordained mandate to speak truth, heal hurts, and birth dreams. The CMEC has a mandate to speak at times such as these, to be the remnant that still believes in the Beloved Community.

So, we write to Louisville, to Pittsburgh, and to others around the country. We write to condemn the actions of people filled with hate. We write to support those affected by evil rhetoric and xenophobic behavior.

 We write to represent a God of eternal love for all. Now, we lift up our voice and our vote to say enough is enough. We offer our collective anointing to fight all evil forces, powers and principalities. We, the CMEC, offer love over hate; truth over lies; and dreams over destruction. We offer a Beloved Community.

On Behalf of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Board President
Rev. Frank Lance, Executive Director



​Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's Statement 
on the Violence against the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh

Once again, our country has experienced a week of hateful acts; culminating in the senseless murders of people in worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This week alone, we witnessed brutal hate crimes in Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA; while simultaneously trying to deal with bombs mailed to news media personalities, former presidents, and democratic leaders. This week, we saw media personalities failing to understand the damage and degradation of "black face." This week, we once again saw our country as it truly exists in 2018.

Therefore, as the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), we must speak. The CMEC does not have a vote in this country's general election, but it has something so much more powerful. It has a God-ordained mandate to speak truth, heal hurts, and birth dreams. The CMEC has a mandate to speak at times such as these, to be the remnant that still believes in the Beloved Community.

So, we write to Louisville, to Pittsburgh, and to others around the country. We write to condemn the actions of people filled with hate. We write to support those affected by evil rhetoric and xenophobic behavior.

 We write to represent a God of eternal love for all. Now, we lift up our voice and our vote to say enough is enough. We offer our collective anointing to fight all evil forces, powers and principalities. We, the CMEC, offer love over hate; truth over lies; and dreams over destruction. We offer a Beloved Community.

On Behalf of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Board President
Rev. Frank Lance, Executive Director



​Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's Statement 
on the Violence against the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh

Once again, our country has experienced a week of hateful acts; culminating in the senseless murders of people in worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This week alone, we witnessed brutal hate crimes in Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA; while simultaneously trying to deal with bombs mailed to news media personalities, former presidents, and democratic leaders. This week, we saw media personalities failing to understand the damage and degradation of "black face." This week, we once again saw our country as it truly exists in 2018.

Therefore, as the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), we must speak. The CMEC does not have a vote in this country's general election, but it has something so much more powerful. It has a God-ordained mandate to speak truth, heal hurts, and birth dreams. The CMEC has a mandate to speak at times such as these, to be the remnant that still believes in the Beloved Community.

So, we write to Louisville, to Pittsburgh, and to others around the country. We write to condemn the actions of people filled with hate. We write to support those affected by evil rhetoric and xenophobic behavior.

 We write to represent a God of eternal love for all. Now, we lift up our voice and our vote to say enough is enough. We offer our collective anointing to fight all evil forces, powers and principalities. We, the CMEC, offer love over hate; truth over lies; and dreams over destruction. We offer a Beloved Community.

On Behalf of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Board President
Rev. Frank Lance, Executive Director



​Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's Statement 
on the Violence against the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh

Once again, our country has experienced a week of hateful acts; culminating in the senseless murders of people in worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This week alone, we witnessed brutal hate crimes in Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA; while simultaneously trying to deal with bombs mailed to news media personalities, former presidents, and democratic leaders. This week, we saw media personalities failing to understand the damage and degradation of "black face." This week, we once again saw our country as it truly exists in 2018.

Therefore, as the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), we must speak. The CMEC does not have a vote in this country's general election, but it has something so much more powerful. It has a God-ordained mandate to speak truth, heal hurts, and birth dreams. The CMEC has a mandate to speak at times such as these, to be the remnant that still believes in the Beloved Community.

So, we write to Louisville, to Pittsburgh, and to others around the country. We write to condemn the actions of people filled with hate. We write to support those affected by evil rhetoric and xenophobic behavior.

 We write to represent a God of eternal love for all. Now, we lift up our voice and our vote to say enough is enough. We offer our collective anointing to fight all evil forces, powers and principalities. We, the CMEC, offer love over hate; truth over lies; and dreams over destruction. We offer a Beloved Community.

On Behalf of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Board President
Rev. Frank Lance, Executive Director

​Central Maryland Ecumenical Council's Statement 
on the Violence against the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh

Once again, our country has experienced a week of hateful acts; culminating in the senseless murders of people in worship at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. This week alone, we witnessed brutal hate crimes in Louisville, KY and Pittsburgh, PA; while simultaneously trying to deal with bombs mailed to news media personalities, former presidents, and democratic leaders. This week, we saw media personalities failing to understand the damage and degradation of "black face." This week, we once again saw our country as it truly exists in 2018.

Therefore, as the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council (CMEC), we must speak. The CMEC does not have a vote in this country's general election, but it has something so much more powerful. It has a God-ordained mandate to speak truth, heal hurts, and birth dreams. The CMEC has a mandate to speak at times such as these, to be the remnant that still believes in the Beloved Community.

So, we write to Louisville, to Pittsburgh, and to others around the country. We write to condemn the actions of people filled with hate. We write to support those affected by evil rhetoric and xenophobic behavior.

 We write to represent a God of eternal love for all. Now, we lift up our voice and our vote to say enough is enough. We offer our collective anointing to fight all evil forces, powers and principalities. We, the CMEC, offer love over hate; truth over lies; and dreams over destruction. We offer a Beloved Community.

On Behalf of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Rev. Dellyne Hinton, Board President
Rev. Frank Lance, Executive Director