Excerpts from Memorandum Calling on the UCC to End Abuse
Issued by African American Pastors on Mach 26, 2003 and printed in The Witness - Winter 2004, a journal for renewal of the United Church of Christ published by Biblical Witness Fellowship
“There is a storm brewing in the United Church of Christ. There is a cloud on the horizon. It is the size of a man’s fist. But look again it’s growing larger. This storm is actually an invasion of the “Body of Christ” by the pagan New Age Movement.”
“This arrogant abuse of power by the leadership of a predominately white denomination raises grave racial implications for its black constituency. This abuse of power dismantles the basis of the union between the black and white members of the United Church of Christ. At a time in which our nation attempted to tear down the racist institutions of segregation, the whites of the United Church of Christ represented to Black Congregational Christians that they were capable of giving up the abuse of power that created segregation. White members of the United Church of Christ sealed their pledge to surrender this abusive use of power when they promised (1) to worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord, (2) to obey the Word of God in Scripture, and (3) to obey the Constitution which codified these promises. Thus, this New Age attempt to worship a Jesus who is not Lord, to reject the authority of the Word of God in Scripture, and to disregard our Constitution is also a call of whites back to the racist abuse of power that once segregated us.
“We hope that the white pastors, ministers and churches of the Eastern North Carolina Association, Southern Conference and the United Church of Christ have the ability to resist this New Age Movement. We therefore call on the whole of the United Church of Christ to reaffirm our promise to worship Jesus Christ as God the Son, to obey the Word of God in Scripture and to obey the Constitution that codifies our faith and the terms of our union. Specifically, we need to take the following actions. First, send a letter or email to the elected and hired leaders of the ENCA, Southern Conference, General Synod, and Covenanted Ministries insisting that this abuse of power must stop immediately.”