DSF's Response to the Events in Charlottesville
August 16, 2017
Like so many around the world, we at Disciples Seminary Foundation (DSF) were horrified by the events in Charlottesville this weekend. As an educational institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we rebuke white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-Semitism, racism, and fascism, unequivocally. We do not do so lightly, or with caveats.
We affirm, in direct opposition to white supremacy, that ALL people are equally created in the image of God.
Every encounter with evil is an opportunity to confront our own complacency and complicitness. Our church’s history is far from perfect, and far too often our church has been silent. We now choose to do better.
We strongly hold that there is no place for ideologies that desire “racial purity,” “ethnic cleansing,” religious persecution, segregation, discriminatory rules based on differences, exclusion based on gender or sexual orientation, anti-intellectualism, or xenophobia. At DSF, women are respected, Black Lives Matter, members of the LGBTQ community are loved, and people from all over the world, without distinction, find their home.
Jon L. Berquist
Belva Brown Jordan
Dean of Disciples Seminary Foundation, Claremont
Jo Ann Bynum
Director of Student Life, Claremont
Director of Mission and Peace Education
Director of Development and Marketing
Director of Pastoral Formation, NorCal
Director of Initiatives
Director of Pastoral Formation, Seattle
Director of Pastoral Formation, Claremont
Director of Student Life, NorCal
Laura Jean Torgerson
Director of Education and Mission, NorCal
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