“..so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.”
1 Corinthians 12:25-26
We pause in our regular Covid-19 partner updates today to respond to recent events in the United States of America. As an organisation we have been reflecting on the statement from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu of the Church of England in response. You can read the statement here.
Rope exists to support partners across the world, to forge a better society for overlooked people who face many kinds of injustice and oppression. Our partners work with minority tribal peoples, women trapped in sex work, farmers who have been looked down on for centuries, abandoned widows and children who are not able to access even a basic level education.
The killing of George Floyd has produced a reaction in the USA and across the world, proclaiming that despite some claims that racism is a thing of the past, it continues to hold sway in the 21st Century.
As an organisation we join our voice to the millions of people around the world against racism. Dr Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” This is the message we want to echo.
We know that all are created equal as children of God and in Christ there is no difference between us. But our world and our lives do not bear this out. Each of us must do our best to see this dream come true for all people.
As we pause to reflect on the reality of systemic racism and injustice across the world, we want to join the Church of England in praying that ‘God’s abounding wisdom will guide leaders across the world, including our partners and ourselves, to forge a better society’.