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Ekemini Uwan
Author, Reformed African American Network
"With each death of my unarmed brothers I feel a palpable loss. I have shed too many tears, and I am tired of grieving for my brother and sisters. What is a black life worth? Can we live like everybody else? These are the questions at the root of these atrocities. Sadly, America has answered us with a a resounding 'nothing' to the former, and 'no!' to the latter. These injustices threaten to eat away at my very soul." (Source: Sistamatic Theology)

Carl Lentz
Pastor, Hillsong Church, New York City
"MLK once said that violent protests are not to be condoned but need to be understood.. He called it 'the language of the unheard'..these current events absolutely transcend race and politics..speaks to a greater unrest and frustration towards cultural injustice that is deeply rooted.. Because our hope is Jesus, not politics, we can find peace in the storm." (Source: Instagram)

Jon Tyson
Pastor, Trinity Grace Church, New York City
“Black lives matter” (Source: Twitter)

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
New York City
"These events show again how deeply race shapes the way we see life, understand justice, and relate to one another. In the Old Testament book of Amos, and elsewhere in the Bible, we see that God holds all nations accountable for how they treat the least powerful groups and persons in their societies. As U.S. citizens, we in Redeemer leadership join with many others who, while honoring the members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line each day, nonetheless call for changes to our justice system so that it works more fairly and equitably for everyone. As Christians, we can do two additional things. First, we must pray—that God would bring our nation both peace and justice. Second, those of us who are not members of racial minorities, and who are therefore not as directly touched by these issues, must refuse to let ourselves be unconcerned or too busy to care. We must remember that we were saved by the one who was excluded and crucified outside the gate. We should spend time listening to voices that we may have previously ignored and embracing the call to work for reconciliation and right relationships in our city. In this advent season, we are called to look to the Lord’s coming by an examination of our hearts and in hope for a day when all things will be made new." (Source: Redeemer Presbyterian Church)

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