There’s no such thing as a single issue struggle because we don’t live single issue lives.
– Audre Lorde
This spring the MFSA Board of Directors met and we want to share with you a little bit about what we’ve been up to and invite you to join us in the work of sacred change! MFSA adopted an Intersectional Organizing Principle in 2015, and in 2016 at General Conference, in response to incidents of racism, we released a statement confessing and condemning the sin of systemic racism within our church and progressive movement.
Recent events in our nation have reminded us that white dominant institutions (like the United Methodist Church and the progressive movement!) have consistently chosen to ignore the continued reality and consequences of white supremacy in our society. We’re exploring together the history of systemic racism in the United States and how, if we’re not intentional about living differently, we will continue to perpetuate the white supremacy that builds the foundation of our nation.
We are grounding ourselves in scripture—stories of Jesus the rebel, tearing apart structures of domination, and stories of Jesus the revolutionary, building communities grounded in revolutionary values of radical hospitality, fierce love, and enduring hope.
The only way to be faithful followers of Jesus, the rebel and revolutionary, is to resist and dismantle white supremacy by building anti-racist communities. And that’s what we’ve begun to do.
This commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization requires us to be intentional about how we understand leadership. We’re taking this year to discern what kind of staffing model will allow us to take this transformative step and we need your partnership.
Seeking Justice Together,
Rev. Vicki Flippin and Rev. Dr. Christina Wright
Co-Presidents, MFSA Board of Directors