The Young Adult Commission represents Disciples young adults across the life of the church. We strive to build effective communication networks, offer awareness for advocacy opportunities, and encourage congregations to prepare young adults to lead our church.
We, as the Young Adult Commission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), denounce the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery; the racial profiling and harrassment of Christian Cooper; the assault and attack against Iyanna Dior; and many more sins against our Black Siblings in Christ. We uplift and affirm that Black Lives Matter, and we proclaim that these actions from police, from white supremacists, and from racists are unjust and do not follow our identity as folks in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a movement that strives towards Anti-Racism and Pro-Reconciliation.
We have often heard that young adults are the future of our church and that we will help make the Disciples of Christ what it needs to be in the climate we find ourselves in today. Indeed, we recognize the need for young leaders, and we proclaim that we have to become the church we want the Disciples of Christ to be now. None of us can claim to fully understand the dynamics of systemic racism, for it is a long process that we all have to commit to undoing, and that we want our church to commit to. We remember that Alexander Campbell called us to study the Gospel to understand it for ourselves. In that spirit, we pray that as Disciples we can commit ourselves to doing the work that is necessary to become anti-racist. We pray that our church can always be one of justice, one that stands up for Black bodies under threat of violence from the police and white supremacy.
We strive to hold ourselves accountable to be a source of facilitation in hosting some of the difficult discussions of Anti-Racism and Pro-Reconciliation that our church needs to have together. Reflecting the unconditional love and mission of Jesus Christ in the actions we take and the lasting influence we intend to create, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the proper response and reconciliation actions. Over the next few months, we’ll be providing book groups, discussion groups, and other resources to engage persons across this denomination in this hard work.
We pray for the Holy Spirit to offer us guidance.